ICA ROAP sets strategic agenda for the next five years (1997)

This document has been made available in electronic format
by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
Oct, 1997
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol.4, No.3, Jul-Sept. 1997, pp.5)

ICA ROAP sets strategic agenda for the next five years
ICA ROAP picked up the strategic planning process where it left off at a
three-day workshop at Bonow House in New Delhi, India from October
13 to 15, 1997.

Facilitated by ICA head office staff Bjorn Genberg,  ICA ROAP staff
identified the region's focal points until 2002. Lengthy discussions
revealed key projects in these areas:

1.	Policy and legislation (conducive environments)

2.	Leadership and professional management
-	improved management training system
-	leadership development
-	entrepreneurship development in rural areas/methods/models
-	regional co-operative data bank

3.	Trade
-	co-operative tourism
-	agri-business development for agricultural co-operatives
-	strengthening agro-processing

4.	Women and gender
-	disadvantaged women and country-based pilot project
-	strengthening rural women's organisations
-	soil to silk pilot project in India (awareness processing to be integrated
in co-operative structure - trade)

5.	Food security and the environment
-	organic farming, use of farm waste
-	review and assessment of AGMT projects
-	environmental assessment and management
-	landless forest produce collectors

6.	Development partners' priorities
-	collaboration with workers organisation proposal - NCLF 

ICA's key projects were identified and will be financed by the
Government of New South Wales, CICOPA, JCCU, MAFF, CCA/DID
and SCC.  ICA ROAP's first priority is to secure funding for 1998. These
projects include:

-	policy reform and management project
-	new sub-regional programme for Central Asia
-	agricultural co-op management training
-	value-based management training
-	international co-op trade network
-	case studies in fair trade
-	women leaders training
-	rural women leaders training
-	agricultural co-op development
-	new project
-	consumer project

Viable projects are needed in the six key areas and funding is always a
priority.  Chairman Bjorn Genberg said 1998 will be used for preparation,
scrutiny and assessment of the various projects.  The vast area of Asia
and the Pacific is also a challenge.

Genberg pointed out that moving from vision to practical is always a
problem.  He asked the staff to submit a two-page paper outlining
justification, objectives, target group, preparation steps, budget for
the project concept to Robby Tulus, Regional Director, by December.

Tulus said that a five-year development plan based on the session will
be prepared and submitted February, 1998 to members and international
development partners at a meeting in Tokyo.