Banking / Credit Unions

5th Convention on co-operative banks in Europe-EACB — Belgium

The 5th edition of the Convention on co-operative banks will take place in the context of the UN International Year of Co-operatives (IYC). The motto of the IYC is “co-operative enterprises build a better world” in line with the Millennium Development Goals. At European level, the Single Market Act for a social market economy has already triggered a number of initiatives within the EU institutions as the expectations rise for co-operatives and co-operative banks to build a better society based on social and sustainable models in the economy in line with EU Agenda 2020.

International Conference for Cooperation Economy

On February 15th, 16th and 17th, 2012 will be held in the city of Barranquilla, the Second International Conference of Solidarity Economy in the Convention Center-Grand Boulevard Hotel Sonesta. The event will feature speakers from renowned national and international economic issues and the solidarity sector in general.

As part of the academic agenda, the event will develop a series of workshops, which will touch on current issues within the sector to the discussion of stakeholders.

Building a Better World: The Role of Cooperatives and Mutuals in Society

We are organizing the first ever research conference on cooperatives to take place in New Zealand. The newly founded, New Zealand Association for the Study of Cooperatives and Mutuals, is formally organizing this conference.

This will be an interdisciplinary conference and we welcome participants from around the world who have an interest in the study of cooperatives and mutuals.

Our conference website can be found at:

The First Social Network for Cooperatives

On the occasion of the launch by the 2012 UN International Year of Cooperatives, Irecoop Tuscany, training agency of cooperative members of Confcooperative, december 19 introduces the first social network platform that will appeal to all the cooperatives to their members , their employees and more generally to those who have interest with respect to the model of cooperative enterprises.


Turkey’s different geographic regions and different organizations working in the field of agriculture,food and related sectors, researchers from different provinces and organizations will come together to exchange knowledge, and experiences. In addition to Turkish participants, delegates from 65 countries will bring their experiences to this congress. Very effective communications, interactions and exchange of ideas will bring new solutions to the old problems in the area.

Co-operatives WA Conference 2012

Provisional Theme
Resilience and sustainability of co-operative business models in a changed world

Lead Organisers
Co-operatives WA and University of Western Australia

- National and international academic researchers
- Leading State and National member focused enterprises
- Professional directors and business advisers
- Capital markets operatives

Co-operatives: Motors of development

Oikocredit Germany is organizing a three-day conference called "Cooperatives: motors of development”. The event is organized in cooperation with the Protestant Academy Bad Boll, the United Nations Association of Germany and Fairtrade Germany and sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. The complete programme can be found on

Two board members elected at ICA's General Assembly

The final day of the General Assembly saw the election of two representatives to the International Co-operative Alliance’s board.

Mexican President - a strong co-operative economy is vital for Mexico

Mexican President pledges his support to the co-operative movement and tells the General Assembly that Mexico will actively participate in the International Year


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