Title: Encountering the Evidence: Co-operatives and Poverty Reduction in Africa
Authors: Wanyama, Frederick
Develtere, Patrick ×
Pollet, Ignace #
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: Society for Co-operative Studies
Series Title: Journal of Co-operative Studies vol:41 issue:3 pages:16-27
Abstract: Discussion on the contribution of co-operatives to poverty reduction in Africa since the early 1990s has quite often been based on their potential role rather than the actual impact partly due to the dearth of empirical studies. This paper departs from such discussions to empirically demonstrate that co-operatives have significantly contributed to poverty reduction in Africa by, among others, mobilising and distributing financial capital; creating employment and income-generating opportunities; availing a forum for education and training; and creating solidarity schemes that cater for unexpected expenses related to illness, social welfare, death and other socio-economic problems.
ISSN: 0961-5784
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)
HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society
Research Group Sustainable Development
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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