Regional Co-operative Data Bank (1998)

This document has been made available in electronic
format by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
June, 1998
(Source: ICA Regional Office for West Africa -Activity Report for 1996-1997, pp.24)

Regional Co-operative Data Bank

The Regional Co-operative Data Bank
After the first phase of the collection in Burkina, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal which started in 1994 and finished in 1995, ROWA initiated the second phase with Benin and Mali. In June 1996, a synthesis of the first phase was published and available for organisations and development partners.

ROWA signed two protocols of understanding in October and November, 1996 for carrying out two surveys in Mali and Benin in order to collect data for building up a Regional Co-operative Data Bank (RCDB).

The exchanges of experiences and trading, as well as planning and negotiations in the area of the funding of support programmes for the development of co-operatives cannot be designed and implemented without updating data, hence the need for ROWA to have the RCDB.

The present activity in Benin and Mali constitutes Phase II of the building of a Regional Co-operative Data Bank in West Africa. Of the two countries, only Benin submitted a progress report in which highlighted difficulties to collect data in some of the southern regions. The final report will be submitted in 1998.

Phase one, which has ended, had to do with Burkina Faso; Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Cape Verde and Gambia. The reports of this phase are available since 1996. The Regional Data bank is accessible to any organisation and co-operative partners.

International Workshop
An international workshop on Data Banks within ICA was held from 20th to 25th January, 1997 in New Delhi, India. The workshop brought together staff members who are responsible of the setting up and management of Data banks from ICA Head Office, ROWA and from other regional offices. The objectives of the workshop were: