Manitoba announces $1 million for its strategy for co-op development

Manitoba has announced the launch of the second phase of its strategy of strengthening and development of co-operatives on May 12. The announcement was made by Minister of Housing and Community Development, Mohinder Saran. The Manitoba government has partnered with the Manitoba co-operative sector to create jobs and provide a wide range of products and services across the province. “Co-operatives are one of the best ways to start and operate a business in an area that interests you,” said Minister Saran. “Together with theManitoba Co-operative Association (MCA) and Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (CDEM), we will build on the … Continue reading

Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco Collaborate to Foster the SSE

An Economic Impulsion Group was established in Abidjan to strengthen Ivorian and Moroccan companies The group aims to be an incubator for projects from both countries. Mr. Mezouar, the Morrocan Foreign Minister, indicated that although it is an economic group, the economy should show solidarity by including income generating activities and cooperatives active in different projects. His Ivorian counterpart, Charles Koffi Diby expressed the hope that this stimulus group positively impacts the populations and economies of the two countries. The group regroups representatives of sectors such as banking and finance, agribusiness, fisheries, real estate and tourism, renewable energy, mining, the … Continue reading

Social Enterprise Strategy launched in Manitoba

The Manitoba government is launching a new strategy to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion by partnering with community groups to create jobs for those facing serious barriers to work, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief announced yesterday. “There are many barriers that many Manitobans looking for a job face including lack of education and socio-economic barriers.  By working together and connecting these people to social supports and job training, the social enterprise sector has been effective at providing a way out of poverty,” Minister Irvin-Ross said.  “We are going to … Continue reading

The Mayor of NYC signs a new law to support cooperative participation in city procurement

The NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYC NOWC) and the NYC worker cooperative community––with the support and leadership of Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies––achieved last week its first piece of legislation in a generation. Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, signed Intro 423 on March 18, 2015. Under the new law, New York City will now issue annual reports on the amount of goods and services it purchases from democratic, worker-controlled businesses; and recommendations on how to lower barriers for worker cooperative participation in city procurement. Today’s new law is one piece of a larger policy agenda that includes … Continue reading

$5 Million for Co-op Development in Madison, largest allocation by a U.S. municipality

The city of Madison (Wisconsin, US) approved in November 2014 a plan, “Co-operative Enterprises for Job Creation & Business Development”, authorizing the municipality to spend $1 million each of five years starting in 2016 to fund “cooperative/worker-owned business formation for the purposes of job creation and general economic development in the city.” This allocation is the largest by a U.S. municipality. Earlier last year, New York allocated $1.2 million to help worker cooperative development.   It started with a conversation. Kevin Gundlach, president of the South Central Federation of Labor in Madison, WI, had heard about Spain’s Mondragon cooperative complex and their union … Continue reading

Argentina has an Agriculture Family Law

The Senate of Argentina unanimously became law a project that promotes integral human development of small producers, rural and indigenous communities and family agriculture workers reported the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Office. Through a press release, the Ministry stated of public interest to family farming ‘for its contribution to the safety and the food sovereignty of the people’, while it aims to correct disparities in regional development through economic and productive rationalization. Among the legislation highlights is better access the land, given that less than 20% of the country’s arable area is in family farmers hands. ‘In this sense, the standard … Continue reading

A new pan American network of metropolises formed

A new network was created last November 17th bringing together metropolitan authorities of South America, Central America and North America. Known as the Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas (RAMA in Spanish, French and Portuguese) it is the brainchild of a joint initiative born in Cali, Colombia in 2013, particularly the fruitful cooperation between the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley (Medellin, Colombia) and the Metropolitan Community of Montreal, Canada. During this first formal meeting, metropolitan institutions from Brazil (EMPLASA, São Paulo), Canada (CMM, Montreal), Colombia (AMVA, metropolitan Bucaramanga, and the Association of Metropolitan Areas of Colombia), El Salvador … Continue reading

The UfM Secretariat and the European Economic and Social Committee sign an agreement to advance regional cooperation in the Mediterranean

The UfM Secretariat and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work closer on areas of common concern, including job creation, women’s socio-economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, social economy, food security and climate change. At a time where cooperation and dialogue is of vital importance, as the recent tragic events in Paris have unfortunately shown, a strategic agreement concerning the reinforcement of the relations between the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) was signed on January 13th by EESC President Henri Malosse and the Secretary General … Continue reading


The City of Bilbao (Spain) has approved a series of social clauses in its contractual activities, following in this way the recent years’ trend of several public administrations in the Basque region. These provisions aim to integrate social criteria in the following areas: promotion of employment among legally unemployed people; social guarantee in the provisions on social security and health and safety at work; and gender equality in the execution of the public contract. Finally, there will be also a market share for special employment centers, social insertion enterprises, or NGOs working for the integration of people at risk of … Continue reading

Three new finance tools for the social economy in France

In France, three financing mechanisms for the social economy (SE) were presented last December by Carole Delga, Secretary of State for Trade, Crafts, Consumption and Social Economy. After the Law of July 31st 2014, which recognizes and defines the SE, support and financing measures for the sector were planned. Most of these tools will be managed, in collaboration with the State and the regions, by Bpifrance, the public investment bank created in late 2012 aiming the financing of SMEs.  The secretary of State promised that through these measures, SE enterprises can be supported both at the launch as at investment … Continue reading