Mrs Nina Jarlback: The role of Co-operative Development Agencies


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Mrs Nina Jarlback, We Effect, Sweden, at the International Co-operative Alliance Global Conference in Cape Town, November 2013.

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Mrs Nina Jarlback: The role of Co-operative Development Agencies

  1. 1. Long-term development cooperation reduces poverty
  2. 2. Ten large member organisations support the work of We Effect
  3. 3. Our world • 47 employees at Head quarter in Sweden • In total, 184 employees around the world • Around 160 partner organisations
  4. 4. Our income • Income 2012: SEK 294 million (USD 46 million) • Funds raised from member organisations and Swedish public: SEK 44 million (USD 7 million)
  5. 5. Project expenses by geographic allocation
  6. 6. Our values In our work we concur the values of the International Cooperative Alliance on self-help, personal responsibility, democracy, eguality, justice and solidarity.
  7. 7. Our mission To strengthen the capacity of memberbased, democratic organisations to enable women and men in poverty to improve their living conditions, defend their rights, and contribute to a just society.
  8. 8. Development cooperation on equal terms At least 50 per cent of the development funding should be spent on women
  9. 9. Support to cooperatives in rural areas • Cooperatives of coffee farmers i Nicaragua have been trained in gender equality, ecological farming and leadership through We Effect and our partner organisation PRODECOOP. Now they export their coffee to Coop in Sweden. • In Palestine, olive farmers have adopted a more commercial approach and earn more money for the olive oil. The percentage of members in extreme poverty has fallen from 66% to 54%. • In Sri Lanka, the number of farmers using ecological farming has risen by 44% in the cooperatives we support. Ecological farming means both higher income and improved health.
  10. 10. Housing • During 2012 a total of 780 houses and community centres were built by housing cooperatives in six countries in Latin America. • In Nicaragua, the country’s housing cooperatives have succeeded in getting guarantees that muncipal land is made available to build cooperative houses in several areas. • In Sri Lanka, houses, roads and schools destroyed in the civil war are being reconstructed by the villagers themselves.
  11. 11. Microfinance • A total of 71,492 women and 54,839 men had the opportunity to save and borrow in Eastern Africa during last year. • In Malawi , 6,665 members participated in 373 saving and loan groups that managed to save up to SEK 850, 000 (USD 130 000). • In Zimbabwe, We Effect offer women business training and microcredit opportunities. So far the project has led to 40,000 new jobs.
  12. 12. A new focus area: access to land The most fundamental precondition for both agriculture and housing is access to land. We Effect support people in poverty to defend, demand, and exercise their right to land.
  13. 13. The work of We Effect according to our strategy • Rural development and agriculture • Housing cooperatives • Access to land Gender equality and financial services are also priorities in our work.
  14. 14. Successful poverty reduction Our main focus • Democracy and commercial approach • Knowledge and resources • Experience and innovation
  15. 15. We Effect - 55 years of expericence To be successful we have to : • Work closely together with our member organisations • Be seen and heard in our advocacy and fundraising work towards the Swedish public.
  16. 16. Project expenses by geographic allocation Thank you!