What's in ICAKL 2017

At our most interactive gathering to date, co-operators are invited to choose from our unique and diverse programme offerings to create a conference experience that aligns with their professional goals. Leave with knowledge, practical tools, skills, new contacts, business leads, and inspiration.

Building Development Partnerships For the Future We Want

Partnership is an essential mechanism in the co-operative toolbox to achieve their vision of a sustainable future. In the first part of this two-part session, hear from high-level representatives of the European Union and global civil society organisations and networks about the value of partnership and how co-operatives can make greater impacts in development processes through collaboration

The Collaborative Economy : What it is and why coops should care

Since the global financial crisis pf 2008-2009, we hear more and more about different approaches to business, different ideas about our globalised economy. Is this a backlash against the failures we saw nine years ago? What's new about this collaborative economy and how can co-operatives leverage this trend to our advantage? This session will explore the emerging business models that respond to people's needs and how co-operatives can demonstrate their longevity in providing sustainable livelihoods grounded in solidarity, democracy, and equity.

Co-op to co-op trade: Taking existing achievements to scale

While co-op to co-op trade (C2C trade) is a topic the Alli- ance and its members have long discussed, its achievement as a movement institution remains elusive. A report com- missioned by the Alliance in 2015 found that C2C trade in agriculture makes up less than 1% of the global agricultural trade sector, compared to 15% for trade between co-ops and non-co-ops.

Meanwhile, co-operatives around the world are solidifying their presence on global trade markets and usinge-commerce platforms and methodologies to achieve scale. What can we learn from these examples for national and regional development? How can we borrow and maximise on achievements and reproduce their successes in other partsof the world? This session will present some of these existing platforms and open a discussion for their replication in differ- ent regions and sectors for increased C2C trade.

Raising capital the co-operative way

Big and small, new and old, from banking to agriculture to handicrafts, co-operatives share a common challenge: securing reliable streams of capital while guaranteeing member control. Join this workshop on raising capital for start-up and growth activities and explore innovative mecha- nisms and strategies with peers. Experts from the financial co-operative industry, as well as co-operative development professionals, will guide brainstorming and share expert tips on how to identify the most appropriate capital instruments for co-operatives.

Networking hour:Governmental organisations as co-operative partners

Many officials from national governments and international organisations are working every day to make the administra- tive and regulatory environments more favourable to co-op- eratives. Come and meet colleagues from around the world that share the same interests and challenges.

Young Network Issues Discussion: Movement building through social media

In this session animated by the Alliance’s Youth Network, participants will network through an issues discussion in the style of ‘speed dating’ on ways to build the movement

through social media. Come meet young leaders and explore the critical factors that can boost the participation of young people in co-operatives.

The co-operative potential for the refugee crisis and new migrations

Migration is one of the biggest challenges of our time with large economic, social, and environmental consequences. Increased instability and political turmoil promise to only intensify the need for action. What role can co-operatives play to improve the livelihoods and security of migrants and refu- gees? How are co-operatives already making a difference? Join this session to learn about the state of refugee and mi- grant communities in the world, the potential for co-operative engagement and initiatives on the ground.

Advocacy 101: How to make your case to policymakers

The co-operative movement requires an enabling legal and regulatory environment to flourish. To make this happen, co- operators need to better advocate their cause to governments at the local, national, regional and global level. How can they be most successful? At this workshop, participants will learn how to approach policymakers, how to craft an effective posi- tion and how to manage an integrated lobbying strategy.

Meet and Greet with the Alliance Board candidates

Alliance members will have a chance to meet the candidates for the Alliance Global Board before elections at the General Assembly. Your questions are welcome!

Screening: ‘Actual World, Possible Future’

This documentary from political scientist, researcher and filmmaker Barbara Allen explores the lives and works of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom, renowned American political economists whose ideas on governing the commons echo the co-operative approach to economics and self-governance. Learn five lessons from the Ostroms and explore case studies of co-operative commons governance from around the world. An in-depth look at the experience of Korean cooperatives and social enterprises will follow the film.

 Integrating gender equality into your co-operative

Co-operatives are certainly more attuned to gender issues than their corporate counterparts, but much more can be done to make co-ops an equal space for both men and women. How can you make gender equality a reality within your co-operative? What types of activities can help mainstream gender sensitivities into your business? Attend this workshop for practical tools.

Co-op to Co-op Trade Networking Hour

Meet and greet fellow co-operators interested in developing business contacts. This is an occasion for informal conversation with other participants that are also interested in trade opportunities among co-operatives.

Co-ops for 2030: Models of co-operative engagement in the SDGs

Co-operatives all over the world are engaged in initiatives that will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. But what is the scope of the co-operative contribution? Who is taking action and how are they communicating their progress? Join this session to learn about the online platform ‘Co-ops for 2030’, a tool for co-operatives to learn about the SDGs, share their initiatives to achieve them and engage as a united movement. This session will present some of the successful initiatives showcased on ‘Co-ops for 2030’ and how those organisations integrate the SDGs into their corporate strategies.

Assessing our sector: Growth, challenges, and achievements

Every year the World Co-operative Monitor offers insight to the size and importance of the co-operative economy. This session will see the presentation of the 2017 edition, followed by responses from young co-operators on tackling the challenges ahead. To close the session, we will take a look at our own achievements and acknowledge those who made the growth of co-operatives possible, by presenting the 2017 Rochdale Award for outstanding contributions to the co-operative movement.

The enabling environment for co-operatives: Where are we now?

Step by step, little by little, co-operators are creating a more favourable regulatory and political environment for cooperatives. How are different countries faring? What legal hurdles remain? Experts will share the latest developments in the field of co-operative law by discussing, analysing, and presenting research results on the state of legal frameworks around the world. Participants will also be invited to discover Cooplex, the global database of co-operative legal texts.

Leadership building for effective Board participation

Before agreeing to join a Board of Directors, it is important to understand the responsibilities involved and how to ensure your participation is impactful. How can you be the best possible Board member? What does an effective Board look like? Current and future Board members, join this workshop to learn how to be a more successful co-operative leader.

Screening: ‘Cooperatives build a better world’ campaigns from around the world

Co-operatives seem to be a best-kept secret. Reputational surveys suggest that people would prefer to work and shop at co-operatives, yet general awareness about the model remains low in many countries. The Alliance’s Global Cooperative Marketing Campaign aims to spread the message and promise of the co-operative advantage to new communities. See how national campaigns are being rolled out in more than a dozen countries around the world and how you can help amplify the co-operative message in yours.

ICAO-CCW Joint Session: Building Sustainable Supply Chains

Agricultural and food co-operatives constitute 40% of the entire co-operative economy, 49% of all co-operatives with a turnover of 100 million USD or more and 51% of the Top 300.

By being at the beginning (producer) and end (retailer) of the food system, agricultural and consumer co-operatives have a very significant role to play not only as individual sectors, but also as a combined force. This is why their intercooperation is so vital for real contributions to be made to the SDGs on global scale.

When speaking of direct business relation between the two sectors, the issue of supply chain comes to the forefront. Better co-operation relies on identifying any existing challenges thereof and working together on practical measures to overcome them, such direct sourcing and widening market access for agricultural co-operative produce by its sale in stores run by consumer co-operatives.

However, ICA-CCW collaboration could also have a real contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals on global scale.

Co-operatives and the future of work

As people focused businesses, co-operatives are implicated in the evolving natore of employment. Co-operatives have a unique relationship with the concept of work, as many co-operatives have worker- members or producer- members, rather than direct employees.

They are also being explored as a means to facilitate the transition of workers from the in formal to the formal economy. What are the main challenges regarding human resources management in co-operatives?

What are the future trends in employment with the advent of new technologies? How are co-operatives promoting decent work within their organisation and in global supply chains? Come to this session to have these questions answered.