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The Malawian co-operative movement: insights for resilience

Borda-Rodriguez, Alexander and Vicari, Sara (2014). The Malawian co-operative movement: insights for resilience. The Open University.

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Heavy government interference, lack or leadership and low levels of skills are some the factors that have for decades weakened and in some cases caused the failure of co-operatives in Africa. However, in the recent past, African co-operatives have experienced a remarkable renaissance. We examine whether these co-operatives are resilient forms of organisation, and if so, what are the key factors that are conducive to resilience. We examine the Malawian co-operative movement from which very little is known. We explore four of the biggest co-operative Unions in the country. Our analysis is guided by a framework compounded by five key factors conducive to co-operative resilience. Our results suggest that women’s inclusion, business income diversification, collective skills, and strategic partnerships with external agents are factors conducive to resilience. We also conclude that these factors need to be grounded on reflexive behaviour amongst leaders and cooperative members.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Understanding Rural Co-operative Resilience: a pilot studyNot SetLeverhulme Trust
Extra Information: 24 pp.
Keywords: co-operatives; resilience; reflexivity; Malawi; co-operative unions; adaptive capacities
Academic Unit/School: 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)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 40011
Depositing User: Alexander Borda-Rodriguez
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 08:11
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 07:17
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