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What makes rural co-operatives resilient in developing countries?

Johnson, Hazel; Borda-Rodriguez, Alexander; Shaw, Linda and Vicari, Sara (2016). What makes rural co-operatives resilient in developing countries? Journal of International Development, 28(1) pp. 89–111.

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It has been argued that current interest in co-operatives is because they can reduce poverty and are resilient organisations. However histories of co-operatives’ successes and failures suggests that co-operative organisational resilience needs better understanding. This article reviews the literature, particularly with respect to sub-Saharan Africa. It argues that co-operative organisational resilience centres on co-operatives’ multi-dimensionality and the development of collective capability in five mutually reinforcing areas of activity. These are: membership, networks, collective skills in governance, innovation, and engagement with governments. Together, they strengthen co-operatives’ resilience but, where lacking, they undermine it. The article adds to thinking about ‘co-operative advantage’.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 1099-1328
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Understanding Rural Co-operative Resilience in Malawi: a pilot studyRPG-2012-533The Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: co-operative resilience; membership; networks; governance and skills; innovation; collective capabilities
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 43867
Depositing User: Hazel Johnson
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 09:33
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2017 00:00
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