The book outlines how cooperatives can be used as a tool for development and reconciliation in post-conflict contexts. This book also examines the successes and challenges for emerging and existing cooperatives in Africa, while delivering both practical lessons and insights into the theory. It presents completely new materials on the cooperative movement, against a backdrop of increasing global recognition of the roles of cooperatives and collective action in socio-economic development. Readers are invited to consider how, as an economic model that seeks to advance member collective interests, cooperatives are invaluable tools for human, economic and social development. Social and human geographers find this a remarkably impactful contribution to the literature surrounding cooperatives in Africa and cooperative theory in general. Policy experts and students also find the research informative and insightful.
About the Author
Prof.Okem Andrew Emmanuel is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal. He has extensive research experiences in the field of policy development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. He has consulted on projects for a number of local and international organisations. His research interests is in the area of local economic development and water and sanitation.
Table of Contents
The Meaning and Defining Characteristics of Cooperatives.- Contextualising the Cooperative Movement in Africa.- A Review of Possible Emerging Theoretical Debates and New Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Cooperative Movement in Africa.- An Examination of the Roles of Cooperatives in Post-Conflict Societies.- A Review of the Kenyan Co-operative Movement.- Coffee Cooperatives in Cameroon: An Assessment of the Causes of Coffee Cooperatives’ Collapse in the Post-Adjustment Period.- Cooperatives in Vogue: A Case Study of Cooperatives in South Africa.- The Development and Sustainability of Agricultural Co-operatives at Inanda Township: An Analysis of Inanda Farmers’ Association (IFA).- The South African Cooperative Sector: Which Way Forward?.