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Learning to co-operate: youth engagement with the co-operative revival in Africa

Hartley, Sally and Johnson, Hazel (2013). Learning to co-operate: youth engagement with the co-operative revival in Africa. European Journal of Development Research (Advance Online Publication).

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Co-operatives are seen to offer alternatives for individuals to improve livelihoods. However they have a mixed record, especially in Africa. Initially controlled by the state, many co-operatives did not survive with the advent of structural adjustment policies. However there is now a revival. In parallel, some countries have policies to engage youth in co-operatives. Can co-operatives, as socially-oriented businesses, throw off their history and provide an opportunity for youth? This article examines this question by combining extensive field data from youth co-operatives in Uganda and Lesotho with situated learning and human development theories. It finds that contemporary co-operatives and their networks provide an ‘expanded learning space’ for youth, although there is differentiation by education and gender and type of co-operative. The article makes a novel contribution to debates about co-operatives in development and their potential to provide an alternative route for youth futures.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
ISSN: 1743-9728
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The contribution of young people to learning for development in African co-operatives: case studies from Lesotho, Uganda and TanzaniaES/G029822/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: co-operative;, youth; situated learning; skills; capabilities; expanded learning space; Uganda; Lesotho
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
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Item ID: 38626
Depositing User: Hazel Johnson
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 08:20
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 01:44
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