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The role of co-operatives in poverty reduction: Network perspectives

Citation
Simmons R & Birchall J (2008) The role of co-operatives in poverty reduction: Network perspectives, Journal of Socio-Economics, 37 (6), pp. 2131-2140.

Abstract

Newly emerging nations in the developing world put great efforts into developing multi-purpose co-operative societies that, it was hoped, would bring the benefits of development to the rural poor. With some exceptions these failed to live up to expectations; having been created by governments they remained controlled by the interests of government, party and civil service. Then, under structural adjustment programmes they either collapsed or were reformed. Some new, more genuine co-operative sectors are now emerging. As they do, co-operatives face new challenges brought about by continuing processes of economic globalisation, the IT revolution, and changes in the national and international balance of powers. To survive and thrive, the ability for co-operative organisations to network effectively at both the local level and beyond is becoming increasingly important.

This paper seeks to examine the relevance of the numerous theoretical perspectives on network formation and network management to the newly-emerging co-operative sectors in the developing world. Such networks are being built both within the co-operative sector itself (e.g. through federation) and with a range of other bodies, each locally, nationally and internationally. The paper seeks to provide a framework for understanding the processes that drive the formation of relationships, networks and partnerships, and asks questions of how such alliances can be governed and managed effectively.

Keywords
Co-operatives; Poverty reduction; Networks; Global to local

StatusPublished
AuthorsSimmons Richard, Birchall Johnston
Publication date12/2008
PublisherElsevier
ISSN 1053-5357
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Journal of Socio-economics: Volume 37, Issue 6 (2008/12//)

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