ICA Global HRD Committee (1997)

This document has been made available in electronic format
by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
July, 1997
(Source: ICA Review, Vol.90 No.2 - Annual Report 1996-1997, pp.65-66)

ICA Global HRD Committee 1996/1997
Report by Yehudah Paz/Jan-Eirik Imbsen

Executive Committee 

Chairperson:	Yehudah Paz (Israel)

Vice-Chairpersons:	Ungku A. Aziz (Malaysia); Gabriele Ullrich (ILO); Fakhry Shousha (Egypt); Taketoshi Nojiri (Japan)

Members:	B.D. Sharma (India); Vitaliy Teplov (Russia); Saled Syafradji (Indonesia); Esther Gicheru (Kenya); Luis Arturo Munoz (Colombia)

Secretary:	Jan-Eirik Imbsen (ICA)

During the period under review the members of the Executive 
Committee have held two meetings; first in Kuala Lumpur in 
conjunction with the Asian Regional Assembly last June, and another
in conjunction with the European Regional Assembly in Budapest. 
There have also been several meetings between individual members 
of the committee. At the Budapest meeting, the main point on the
agenda was a discussion on the role and structure of the Committee,
as well as the drafting of a constitution. The proposed constitution
was presented to and approved by the ICA Board at its meeting 
in Uganda in April '97. 

As 1996 was a year during which the Regional Assemblies met, we 
wanted to ensure that the programme of each of these included an 
HRD event; a meeting of the regional HRD framework and/or a seminar/
workshop with participation of the regional and/or global committee. 

A meeting of the emerging committee for East, Central and Southern
Africa was organized in conjunction with the ICA Ministerial 
Conference in Mauritius in May 1996. 

A joint ICA/DSE (Germany) regional bilingual seminar on information, 
communication, education and training in co-operatives was organised
in conjunction with the African Regional Assembly in Dakar last 
August.Three members of the Executive (Chairman, Secretary, African 
representative) as well as a representative of the regional structure 
participated. A draft constitution for the regional network was
also discussed. This constitution also mentions research and 
consultancy as part of its mandate.

The ICA Committee on HRD for Asia and the Pacific organised its 
meeting in conjunction with the Asian Regional Assembly in Kuala 
Lumpur. This meeting was combined with a workshop on management 
and co-operative values co-organised by the global committee. A new 
constitution forthe Committee was discussed and later approved by 
the Regional Assembly. The constitution also makes reference to 
research in themandate and name of the committee.

The ICA Regional Office for the Americas organised a regional 
meeting in Lima in July to discuss ICA's proposed HRD strategy for 
the region. The chairman of the Global HRD Committee made a 
presentation and served as a resource person. At the Americas Regional 
Assembly towards the end of the year, a number of HRD events were
organised. The chairman and secretary of the global committee both 
participated in a panel discussion which was well attended by delegates 
from the whole region.

Another important event was a global seminar on HRD in Co-operatives 
which took place in Israel from 25 November to 19 December. 
29 participants from Africa, Asia, Latin America and East and 
Central Europe attended the 25 day course which was a joint 
activity with the International Institute (Histadrut, Israel).

For 1997 we have so far proposed a seminar in conjunction with the
'97 General Assembly in Geneva. The theme will be electronic networking. 
This seminar will be a joint activity with the Communications Committee 
and the ILO COOPNET. There will also be a meeting of the Executive 
Committee as well as a plenary which will choose a new Executive.

The possibility of organising another international seminar together with the
ILO towards the end of the year is also being discussed. 
This event may take place in the Asian region.