Contextualising the Cooperative Movement in Africa

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


This chapter undertakes a review of the evolution of cooperatives in Africa . The review notes that the cooperative form of organisation in Africa has its link to pre-colonial Africa although the modern form of internationally recognised cooperative organisations were introduced by the colonial powers. The chapter also notes that although the rationale that underpins the adoption of cooperatives in Africa is similar to those recognised internationally; this has not been the case in the implementation of cooperatives on the continent. The review provides critical insights into factors that affect cooperatives and note how these can be adopted to enhance the success of cooperatives in contemporary Africa. The chapter concludes by noting that despite challenges faced by cooperatives, they could be instrumental in addressing multiple challenges including poverty, unemployment and hopelessness experienced by many across Africa.


Africa Collective activities Cooperative Poverty State control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Built Environment and Development StudiesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa

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