Rural Development in Africa

“Examining Success Factors for Sustainable Rural Development through the Integrated Co-operative Model” aimed to increase understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the integrated co-op model and to assess its potential to reduce poverty among small farmers in Africa. The project was initiated by the Canadian Co-operative Association, then moved under the umbrella of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, CMC), and was funded by the International Development Research Centre’s Canadian Partnerships Program. The research will enable CMC, its partners, and other developers to improve their practices and to influence government decision makers and others who decide when and how to support co-operatives in developing nations. The project involved partnerships with colleagues at Moshi University College of Co-operative and Business Studies in Tanzania, Makerere University in Uganda, and other university colleagues in Rwanda. It provided opportunities for Centre faculty and students to conduct research both in Canada and Africa. Centre Fellow Lou Hammond Ketilson co-ordinated the project; Centre Scholars JoAnn Jaffe and Cindy Hanson were also involved in the research. This project concluded in March 2016.

Find the final report in the links below

Section One: Synthesis of Country Research Results

Section Two: Comparative Policy Analysis for Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania

Section Three: Uganda Country Research Report

Section Four: Tanzania Country Research Report

Section Five: Rwanda Country Research Report

Section Six: Canada Country Research Report

Section Seven: Annexes 1–12