Co-operative College to continue development work in Malawi

The Co-operative College is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its bid to the Scottish government to continue its co-operative development work in Malawi.

The award, which was announced on 28 January by Scotland’s Minister for Europe and International Development, will build on the current work of the College and is based around four key areas of co-operative development: youth, women, environmental sustainability and apex development.

Dr Sarah Alldred, the College’s International Programmes Manager, said: “I am thrilled that we have been given this opportunity to build on our existing co-operative development work in Malawi. Over the past three years our Malawian project team has, to date, trained 6,031 co-operative members and potential members.

This new project will specifically encourage young people to engage more in co-operative enterprises as a viable livelihood option; empower women to put themselves forward for leadership positions in their co-operative; promote more environmentally sustainable methods of agriculture; create awareness on the use of renewable energy technologies; and facilitate the capacity building of co-operative support organisations through strengthening the national apex and scoping the feasibility of a national co-operative college.”

Mervyn Wilson, Chief Executive and Principal of the College, said: “This project is a recognition of the work the College has carried out in Eastern and Southern Africa in recent years. We remain deeply committed to supporting the co-operative renaissance in the region through co-operative education and training.”

The three-year project will commence in April 2015.

For more information on the project and other successful applicants visit www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/International/int-dev/Maps/Malawi/2015projects.

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