Training of trainers in Cameroon on ILO tools relating to the development of cooperatives

A training of trainers on the ILO tools, Think.COOP, Start.COOP and My.COOP, was held in Bertoua, in the Eastern Region of Cameroon from 14 to 24 November 2022.

News | 14 December 2022
Plenary session during the training
This training was organized within the framework of the project “Empowering women for resilient economies and peaceful communities in the refugee-affected regions of East and Adamawa in Cameroon ” funded by the Korea Cooperation Agency International (KOICA) (2021-2024). This project aims to contribute to economic growth and social cohesion between refugee and host communities through the development of women entrepreneurship and cooperatives in agricultural value chains.

Participants during group work
This training falls within the framework of the implementation of its 2nd objective, namely to support women refugees and host populations to establish sustainable, flourishing and ecological agro businesses and cooperatives. As part of this objective, the project plans to strengthen the capacity of women entrepreneurs and cooperatives to create sustainable businesses and will facilitate access to relevant financial services.

The Training of Trainer workshop on the use of the Think.COOP, Start.COOP, and My.COOP tools aimed to enable participants to:
  • Refine their understanding of the distinctive characteristics of cooperatives and other forms of organization of economic actors;
  • Understand how the cooperative can be an instrument for strengthening social cohesion;
  • Identify the training and support process for setting up cooperatives using the different tools;
  • Deepen their understanding of some important aspects of the life of an agricultural cooperative; and
  • Provide support to cooperatives through a diagnosis and the development of an appropriate support plan.
Members of the AGRILAND Cooperative in Batouri visited during the training
25 participants (including 11 women) took part in this activity. The trainers came from national institutions providing support to cooperatives, namely the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) at Central and Regional level, the Ministry for the Promotion of Women and the Family (MINPROFF), at regional level and independent trainers.

A coaching phase for these trainers is planned from February 2023. Other training of trainers will still be organized by the project in 2023.