CICOPA's Three-Point Plan

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                     February 1996

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               CICOPA's Three-Point Plan
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Members of CICOPA,  the International  Organisation of Industrial,
Artisanal and Service Producers' Co-operatives, met in Manchester on
September 16-17, 1995.

They discussed the progress of the organisation's programme and its future.
They also held elections for the Executive Committee.

CICOPA's development programme is based on three principles. Firstly,
CICOPA tries to help development of producers' co-operative organisations
in some countries where it is now possible to get technical support from
one of the ICA Regional Offices, where apex co-operative organisations
approve it and where public co-financing is possible.

Then, its first aims are creation (if it does not exist in the country) of
a producers' co-operative union, or federation and of a first permanent
service of advice and help for co-operative management (mainly marketing
and financial management). No lasting development could be realised with
feeble and isolated enterprises.
Finally, its steadfast rule is to help create and develop  such a service
with the financial participation of beneficiary co-operatives themselves.
This service would continue as a partnership in the first instance and
CICOPA would ensure that the recipient organisation could continue without
their help before withdrawing their financial support.

The current programme covers about 20 countries from all over the world.
Repayment rates for credit under CICOPA programmes are a remarkable 100%.
Normal recovery by other organisations with similar programmes is said to
be about 50%.

The World Bank and the European banks are some of the major agencies with
which CICOPA collaborates. CICOPA is keen to see that the activities it
initiates do not collapse when its support ends. Thus, support is given on
a declining scale where the recipient initially contributes 20%. By the
fifth year the recipient organisation should be supporting 100% of the
costs.

At the end of the meetings, members of the Executive Committee were elected
and for the first time in its history a woman, Ms Leeladivir Prasad, was
elected to the Board.

Ben Kadasia and Gregory Prouttskov