The future of research and development at ICA ROAP (1997)

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July, 1997
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol.4, No.2, Apr-June 1997, pp.2)


The Future of Research and Development at ICA ROAP
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A one-day consultation with experts will help  map the future of research
and development programmes at ICA ROAP.  Co-operative leaders joined
in an initial strategic planning session August 7, 1997 at the head office in
New Delhi, India.

The consultation sought input from people interested in the direction of
ICA ROAP's research and development initiatives.  Results will be
presented at the region's strategic planning workshop in August, and the
whole plan submitted for discussion and adoption at the ICA ROAP
Regional Assembly in October 1998 in Seoul, Korea.

Participants discussed the role of the ICA ROAP library with a view to
improving member services. Recommendations included under-taking a
member organisation needs assessment, expanding information and
research capabilities through the Internet, devolving the collection and
reviewing allied subjects, and networking with other libraries and resource
centres.

Users of ICA ROAP's research and development resources include
member organisations, technical projects and sponsoring organisations,
ICA Head Office and other regional offices, co-operative departments in
member countries, co-operative studies institutes, universities, individual
scholars, the United Nations, NGOs and other international organisations.

Since 1960, ICA ROAP has become the world's largest publishing house
on co-operative and related subjects with more than 500 titles.

ICA ROAP maintains a library with over 30,000 titles on co-operation,
agriculture and allied subjects, handles nearly 400 national and international
journals, exchanges literature and information, publishes and distributes co-
op literature, and produces annotated bibliographies and documentation
bulletins.