, Volume 61, Issue 1–4, pp 134–139 | Cite as

Do Cooperatives Have Anything to Offer in Today’s World

  • Felice Llamas
  • Kwame Sundaram Jomo
Local/Global Encounters


The United Nations views cooperatives as a key contributor to advancing the global development agenda, and seeks to work with cooperatives for the greater social good. Given their record of social empowerment and economic resilience, cooperatives promote a solidarity economy and people-centred development. Various potential areas of action are identified for further cooperative endeavours, including a Global Cooperative Development Bank for financing, expansion, research, learning and coordination.


Cooperatives Solidarity economy Resilience People-centred development SDGs 


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© Society for International Development 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Felice Llamas
    • 1
  • Kwame Sundaram Jomo
    • 2
  1. 1.RidgewoodUSA
  2. 2.Kuala LumpurMalaysia

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