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Strengthening the enabling environment for co-ops calls for cross-sector partnerships in Madagascar

To create an inclusive strategy for cooperative development and a legal framework that promotes all types of cooperative businesses, the Government of Madagascar is working across sectors and engaging cooperative leaders and many other stakeholders.

To support the government with this goal, NCBA CLUSA partnered with HealthPartners, the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), Madagascar consulting firm Finances Technologies Human Resources Management (FTHM), and international and local cooperative and legal experts with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Cooperative Development Program, to assess and make recommendations to strengthen the enabling environment for co-ops.

“Every sector involved in the development of the cooperative sector can express his opinion [in this process] because every sector knows about their needs, problems and priorities better than anyone,” said Noroseheno Raharinjatovo, the general director for Madagascar’s Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development.

As the laws are strengthened to enable and professionalize cooperatives, they can be a vehicle to bring people into the formal economy, said Dr. Willy Tadjudje, NCBA CLUSA’s International Cooperative Law Specialist. “And for all of this to happen, there must be a legal framework that explains all of this and is an incentive.”

From agriculture to healthcare to handicrafts, Madagascar is investing in co-ops. Watch the video to see why and how a partnership across sectors is so important.

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