OGSCOFED October 2020 Newsletter

OGSCOFED Limited October 2020 Newsletter

The October edition of the newsletter focuses on cooperative activities, OGSCOFED, ICA-Africa Regional Events and Conference, and other news in the region.

Cooperatives Activities. 


Ogun State Cooperative Federation Limited (OGSCOFED) held its 31st Annual General Meeting (AGM). The event, which complied with the ongoing COVID-19 protocol, took place at ‘Tayo Sobanjo Cooperative Hall, OGSCOFED Office Complex, Opposite Ibadan Motor park, Asero, Abeokuta, Ogun State, and had fewer members, mostly executives, and representatives, in attendance. Read More.


Cooperative University of Kenya 4th Annual Cooperative Conference.   

The Cooperative University of Kenya (CUK) hosted its 4th Annual Conference that took place on 27th -28th October 2020. The conference brought together industry leaders, researchers, policymakers, youth, and the cooperative sector to share knowledge and experiences.

It was also a platform for knowledge exchange for practitioners and researchers. The conference focused on the role of the cooperative sector in the delivery of affordable housing, food security and nutrition, manufacturing, and universal health coverage which are all in line with the Kenya government “big four agenda”.

ICA-Africa Research Officer – Melvin Khabenje made a thematic research presentation on Bridging the gap between youth and the cooperative movement. Watch the conference proceedings.


Mr. Sahula Kehinde Adeyanju was elected as CFA Limited President

He is the President, Oluwaseyi Lantoro (Abeokuta) Co-operative Multipurpose Society Limited and Fimosokan Lantoro (Abeokuta) Co-operative Multipurpose Union Limited

On 19th of October, 2020, Ogun State Co-operative Central Financing Agency Limited holds her 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in a grand style.

The Acting President of the organization, Chief Adeniyi Talabi said on his Management report that he will like to pay a tribute to his President, Late Principal Alhaji Mufutau Ayinla JInadu whose death came to us as a rude shock. Alhaji Mufutau Ayinla Jinadu assumed office as President of Ogun State Co-operative Central Financing Agency Limited on 28th October, 2019 but we never knew he will leave us too suddenly. He had intention to bring reform and innovation to the Agency but death prevented him from doing that, may His Soul rest in peace. Without mincing words, the organization still continue to perform its primary roles in the Co-operative circle. Read More.


Awach SACCOS Celebrated the International Saving and Credit Cooperatives Day – Ethiopia.   

Awach Savings and Credit Cooperative celebrated the International Saving and Credit Union Day on October 17, 2020 with its members, cooperative experts, government officials, and other invited primary cooperatives and unions from Tigray and Oromiya regional states.

Being the 3rd celebrations to be organized by Awach SACCOS, they took the opportunity to recognize individuals and cooperative experts who embodies the qualities that define excellence and service to humanity and had immensely contributed to the growth of the cooperative movement in Ethiopia. Currently, there are more than 21,000 Saccos which contributes significantly to the Ethiopian economic and social development of about 17.38 Billion Ethiopian Birrs (approximately USD 500M) savings, according to the Federal Cooperative Agency in Ethiopia. Read More.



VME Retail Systems, which creates retail software for the supermarket and convenience store sector, has made the transition to co-op status.

Chief executive Stephen Gill, who has been working with the co-op sector since joining the IT department at Scotmid in 1995, says the transition uses a form of employee ownership based on the FairShares model. Read More


Creation of Jobs through Cooperative Empowerment – Malawi.   

The Ministry of Industry in Malawi has recognized the efforts by Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE) and the European Union in supporting the growth of cooperatives in the country. Hon Roy Kachale was impressed by Kamwendo Cooking Oil Cooperative activities that showed how empowering cooperatives is one way of creating jobs in Malawi thus called for other stakeholders to help the cooperatives to reach their maximum potentials.

The Minister also advised the cooperative members to diversify their operations by utilizing the sunflower seed cake bi-product that when further processed can be used as livestock feed. Kamwendo Cooking Oil Cooperative was started in 2004 and currently has 105 members of which 84 are women and 21 are men. Read More.


 Sudan Government Adopts Cooperative Policy.    Sudan government has adopted a policy of supporting its citizens and directing the energies of the young generations towards production through the revival of the vital cooperative sector. This will bring the people together in economic groupings and constitute integrative economic entities. The cooperation system is one of the sectors the government is targeting for revival at the moment. The idea is to bind the producers and consumers together for more productivity. When these energies are pooled together, more jobs can be created for the youth. This can be done through agricultural and artisan cooperatives of sorts. Read More.


 Strengthening the Capacity of Farmer Organisations and Promoting Access to Services and Products.    Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA) signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Swisscontact to strengthen the capacity of farmer organizations and to promote access to services and products. Speaking during the event, the Uganda Country Director Swisscontact, Mr. Pavlos Troulis, said about 10,000 farmers from across cocoa and beekeeping sectors linked to 20 cooperatives are to benefit. The farmers will be able to access products and services that enhance production and productivity, market, investment and consequently improve their livelihood and incomes. Read More.


Building Resilience: A Study on Cooperatives and COVID-19.   

The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA), Equal ExchangeGlobal Communities, and Land O’Lakes Venture37 did a study on agricultural cooperatives in eight countries. Their research found that government restrictions on mobility and decreased consumer spending had profound effects on cooperative businesses, including operational delays and reduced revenue.

Individual cooperative members have also seen a decline in their household income and food security due to market disruptions. In Rwanda, for instance, the price of maize dropped by 33 percent. One cooperative member noted that this drastic change reduced his family’s income, impacted their food security and caused him to default on his bank loan. Access the full study.



Latinx people have long been an influential and integral part of the U.S. cooperative movement. Although not the first research involving Latinx co-ops, UWCC has conducted the first national compilation of U.S. Latinx cooperatives of all co-op types and sectors. Research for this report was conducted in collaboration with renowned scholar Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, professor of City University of New York. Dr. Gordon Nembhard is author of Collective Courage, and her work has inspired the creation of Black-led co-ops nationally. Read More


 Training of Trainers Workshop on Think.Coop and Start.Coop – Niger.    The ILO organized a training of trainers (ToT) on Think.Coop and Start.Coop in Niamey, Niger. The ToT was conducted in the framework of the ILO/UNHCR joint project “Market-based livelihood interventions for refugees and host communities in Ayorou, Niger”. The main objective of the project is to create an enabling environment for the economic empowerment of refugees and host communities through the strengthening of market-based livelihoods in fish farming and waste management value chains. Read More.

Regional Events and Conference. 

 Endowment Trust Fund Trustee Board Meeting.    The Endowment Trust Fund trustee board members of ICA-Africa held a statutory virtual meeting on 14th October, 2020.

35th ICA-Africa Regional Board Meeting.   

The ICA-Africa 35th Regional Board Meeting was held virtually on 14th October, 2020.

ICA-Africa Regional Conference: Fostering Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) through Cooperatives.   

ICA-Africa held a Regional Conference webinar on ‘Fostering Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) through Cooperatives’ on the 15th October, 2020.

The conference brought together government officials, cooperative leaders, partners and other stakeholders to deliberate on how best cooperatives could foster the implementation of the African Continental Free trade Area. Here is the recording of the conference.



In the week of the 21-25 September 2020 two crucial dates arise from the calendar: the 25th anniversary of the ICA Statement on the Cooperative Identity – that established a common and harmonious identity of cooperatives, including a definition of ethical values and a modified set of seven principles – and the 5 years of the United Nations Global Goals.

Ahead of the 75th UN General Assembly and marking the starting point of the Global Goals Week to bring the SDG Moment to the center of the public discussion, in his inaugural speech UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an urgent and transformative change to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Commenting on the setback produced by the COVID-19 crisis, he stressed the importance of “transitioning to inclusive, low-carbon, resilient economies that deliver more jobs and a cleaner environment, which will not only reduce the risk of future pandemics but also mitigate the worst effects of climate change”. Read More



As multiple hurricanes make landfall in the southern part of the USA, lineworkers from electric cooperatives across the country packed their trucks and equipment to travel hundreds of miles to help restore power and help communities rebuild lives. Hurricane Laura knocked out electricity to more than 1 million people when it made landfall on August 27 and in Louisiana, all of Beauregard Electric Cooperative’s members were without power. In response, a total of 359 lineworkers from 30 electric cooperatives in Missouri left their homes to help. They joined more than 1,200 additional lineworkers from other states who were making their way to Louisiana. Read More



England’s Co-operative Movement (An Architectural History) Lynn Pearson (Historic England, £40)

From co-operative shops to infrastructure, for more than a century and a half the buildings of the co-operative movement have made a huge mark on England’s towns, cities and villages. Read More



The International Cooperative Alliance and the Co-operative College UK hosted two online events to mark the 25th anniversary of the revised Statement on the Cooperative Identity. Delivered under the banner “Cooperative Conversations”, this event featured live discussions with cooperators from across the globe, many of whom worked behind the scenes to define the Statement on the Cooperative Identity, its cooperative and ethical values, and its seven cooperative principles. Read More



‘The identity statement is an attempt to create global inclusion but at the same time we need to reflect the diversity between us’

Twenty-five years from the adoption of the revised Statement on the Co-operative Identity, the global movement is continuing to explore what co-operative identity means. Read More


 14th ICA-Africa Regional Assembly.    ICA-Africa held its 14th Regional Assembly virtually on the 16th October, 2020. ICA-Africa Regional Assembly is the highest decisional organ of ICA-Africa. It promotes collaboration among ICA full Members and Associate Members at the regional level once every two years. This provides a forum for the members to deliberate on the presented agenda, share, exchange and build consensus on measures to be taken in the Africa region in regards to cooperative development.
 Health Cooperative Stakeholders Meeting – Zimbabwe.    As a follow up to the 2019 conference that was held in Zimbabwe on ‘Promotion of Good Health and Well Being in Africa through Cooperatives”, ICA-Africa in partnership with its members and stakeholders embarked on stakeholders’ meetings to explore the potential of health cooperatives in member countries in Africa. This is the third stakeholder meeting that was held for Zibwabwe cooperatives. Watch the meeting’s recording here. ICA-Africa will hold the next health stakeholders meeting in the North and Central Africa sub-regions.


We’re more attached than ever to our devices in an online world. While technological advances have made our lives easier, they also present new threats. Here are the top security risks to be aware of and tips on how to protect yourself. Read More

New ICA-Africa Member. 

ICA-Africa Welcomes the Cooperative Bank of Oromia to ICA Family.    The Cooperative Bank of Oromia (Coopbank), from Ethiopia, joined the International Cooperative Alliance family in October 2020.

Other Related News. 

Coopedia Knowledge Base launched.    Coopedia Knowledge Base is a collaborative search engine listing resources (guides, videos, books, and much more) on cooperative entrepreneurship. It aims to give young entrepreneurs worldwide the support and tools they need to set up cooperative businesses, and to provide learning and introduction to students and actors interested in the cooperative business model. It allows them to find various types of materials, in a variety of languages, based on their topics of interest. Coopedia Knowledge Base is the first software of its kind specifically built by cooperators, for cooperators, worldwide. Read more. 

ILO COOP 100 Symposium.   

To mark the 100th anniversary of its Cooperatives Unit (COOP), the ILO is holding a virtual international symposium on November 16-17, 2020. The symposium will highlight the contribution of cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE) in advancing social justice, decent work and the sustainable development agenda. It will bring together policy makers, researchers and practitioners who will reflect on historical perspectives, legal and policy frameworks, measurement, management, sustainability, platform economy and future of work issues among others. Click here for more information on how to register.


#Coops4dev🌍 becomes multilingual : The website is now available in Spanish and French.   

The content of the #coops4dev🌍 website is now available in three languages: English, Spanish and French. As a global project in collaboration with the four ICA regional offices, the ICA-EU Partnership on international cooperative development (also known as #coops4dev🌍) wants to show its commitment to inclusion and diversity by providing the content of the website in Spanish and French – in addition to the original English language website 👉 here.


#CoopSnapShot Competition.    
Democracy is a core cooperative value. It is also the theme for November’s #CoopSnapshot. Enter our photo competition that will run through the 2021 World Cooperative Congress. A grand winner will be announced in Seoul. Show the world We Are Cooperatives! Details on how to enter 👉🏼 A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS…#COOPSNAPSHOT COMPETITION
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DateEvents Calendar 2020 Venue
10th December, 2020Send-forth and Retirement Party of Mrs. Jemilat Olawanle Bisiriyu, Executive Secretary of OGSCOFED LimitedAbeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
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