International Co-operative Alliance (Asia-Pacific) in collaboration with Access Livelihood Consulting (India) organized a Consultation on Autonomy & Independence of Co-operatives on September 14-15 at Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) in Hyderabad, Telangana.
The consultation looked at how well or not ‘autonomy and independence’ is represented in existing co-operative legislations and policy frameworks in select countries in South Asia. It was designed to help participants share knowledge and practices from their experiences on autonomy and independence of co-operatives and also build their capacities in ensuring a conducive business and administrative environment.
It was followed by a field visit to co-operatives registered under the Self-reliant Cooperatives Act and the state level federation of co-operatives in India. Findings from the consultation provided important reference points for a thematic research to be undertaken in the region under the ICA-EU Partnership on Co-operatives in Development: People Centred Businesses in Action.
REDCL was invited to present the views of the organization at this forum. It provided an opportunity to discuss and respond to a series of questions about the status of autonomy and independence in the regional co-operative movement.
The consultation included representatives of Alliance members and government representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and regional & international development agencies.
The format of the meet had a mix of presentations, lectures and discussions in working groups. The forum allowed participants to actively contribute and participate during and after the seminar, thus forming knowledge partnerships across sectors.