A Review of the Kenyan Cooperative Movement

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


The Kenyan cooperative sector has undergone tremendous changes over the years. In the colonial era, the sector moved from being an exclusive white-owned state-dependent organisations to the introduction of black-owned cooperatives to raise a middle class to counter popular uprising. In the post-colonial era, the sector has moved from being state-dependent to an independent era where it now operates as a successful business entity. This chapter provides a historical overview of the Kenyan cooperative sector with the goal of establishing key success/failure indicators thereof. The aim is to identify critical lessons that can be applied in other contexts.


Cooperatives Kenyan cooperative Poverty Unemployment Self-help 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Built Environment and Development StudiesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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