Credit Union

Robin Puga
Ian MacPherson
Julia Smith

Historically, the co-operative movement has always demonstrated an interest in communicating its messages and providing its benefits to young people. The Rochdale Pioneers, shortly after their store was opened, recognized what they could do on behalf of young people and formed a youth study club for them.  In 1853, as their Society prospered, they proposed that 10% of their surpluses (or...

Amita Dharmadhikary-Yadwadkar

Members of the co-opThis is an account of how 10 enterprising young men residing in a small village named Kedgaon in the Pune district of India have rediscovered the co-operative way for generating self-employment and income. All of them, in the age group...

Suroto

There are approximately five million youth involved in the Indonesian co-operative movementIntroduction
Co-operatives in developing countries have different characteristics from co-operatives in developed countries, differences explained...

Robin Puga
Julia Smith
Ian MacPherson

In the co-operative world, few things are as important as the ways in which groups perceive and then pursue opportunities for co-operative enterprise. The following case studies illustrate some of the ways in which young people in different parts of the world are engaging in co-operative activities: what has been important to them, how they have taken advantage of opportunities, and what they...

Clarissa S. Trampe

Primary school students in Claveria.Everything was still dark. Not a streak of sunlight had touched the silent sky. We packed our suitcases and a few days’ supply of food and water in the bus. “It would be a long day on the road,” my old...

Erik Haensel

The Internet is like a vast library where keystrokes can scan shelves of books in moments and mouse clicks will propel you through seemingly infinite floors of information. But it is also a confusing maze with masses of information organized in disparate fashion. Embarking on what seems like a quick search can result in hours of frustrated flipping between this page and that, search engines...

Nicole Ghanie

HIV/AIDS continues to ravage the social networks and productive capacity of African co-operatives. In the fight against HIV/AIDS, the role of co-operatives, and especially the role of young people in co-operatives, needs to be identified and acted upon.

Donna St. Louis

Peer education is a cornerstone of the Youth Savings Club. The Youth Savings Club programme is a capacity building project for the Ghana Co-operative Credit Union Association (CUA). The credit union movement in Ghana is nation-wide with millions of members and...

Jo Billy Scullian

Young people are increasingly important. According to the United Nations (UN), children and young people, under the age of twenty-five, make up fifty percent of the world’s population. The world has already begun to change to incorporate these billions of young people, by making more of an effort to engage them. Young people are going to have to start playing a larger part economically,...

Lee Wilson

The dual purpose of this essay is to raise questions about the role of young people in the co-operative movement and to introduce issues surrounding the socio-political environment in Australia that could affect decisions young people might make in thinking about becoming involved in co-operatives. Unfortunately, the attitudes and behaviours of young people towards co-operatives have not been...

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