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Authors: Shimels, Yimam
Advisors: BELAY SIMANE (
Copyright: Mar-2010
Date Added: 28-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Democratic member control and autonomous and independent cooperative principles are the two ICA designed principles, specifically developed to address the governance cooperative. According to these principles, Cooperatives are member-governed economic and social organizations. Cooperatives as democratic and autonomous organizations are expected to ensure member-governance in their association and operation decision. Despite their principles, nonetheless, in Ethiopia, in the previous regimes, the association and business operation of cooperatives were not decided by their members. Today, in contrary to the previous governments, in principle, cooperatives are recognized as membergoverned democratic and autonomous organizations. However, since members and the population at large was accustomed to governmentgoverned cooperatives in the past, and the move towards member-governed cooperatives that are capable to complete and survive in the liberated market is a recent phenomenon, it seems that no considerable effort has been directed to analyze the governance of cooperatives in the face of the free market economy in Ethiopia. Having this in mind, this case study is conducted mainly with the objective of analyzing the governance of cooperatives in Ethiopia with a specific reference to Ankerka Vegetable Producers’ Primary Cooperative Society (AVPPCS) and Tigle Ferie Multipurpose Farmers’ Service Primary Cooperative Society (TFMFSPCS) in South Wollo Administrative Zone (SWAZ), Amhara National Regional State (ANRS), Ethiopia. To this end, two specific research questions are posed. First, what are the facilitators of cooperative governance in the studied cooperatives? Second, what are the constraints faced in the governance of the cooperatives covered in the study? Selecting purposely AVPPCS and TFMFSPCS, the study adopted a case study method. Key informant interview, focus group discussion and observation method of data collection are employed to gather both primary and secondary data. The findings of the case study revealed that, among others, to realize member-governed cooperatives: besides issuing supportive national legislation, still strong effort is expected from the government to prevent local government intervention and to strengthen the organizational capacity of CPBs; the businesses of cooperatives should be localized; members should participate actively in the economic and decision affairs; and representatives and employees of cooperatives must be membership-accountable. Rendering demand-oriented education and training, setting member-shared and locallyspecific business activities, and Cooperation among cooperatives are the main recommendations forwarded by the researcher to ensure member-governed cooperatives.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4117
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