I’ve been working in recent months with the Overseas Cooperative Development Council in the US, and in particular with their CLARITY project. CLARITY is an acronym for The Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative and is a partnership of nine US-based international coop development organizations. It’s based on the shared conviction that in many parts of the world (in developing economies and indeed in the West too) outmoded cooperative legal systems are proving to be barriers to the development of real, effective democratic coop enterprises.
I’ve been working with the CLARITY team on the text for their new handbook Cooperative Advocacy, designed to be a practical tool to help coop bodies wanting to persuade their governments and policy-setters that legal and regulatory reform is needed. I’m pleased to say the handbook was launched last week at the International Co-operative Alliance’s conference in Cape Town. You’ll find the report on CLARITY’s website, or echoed on my own website (or click the link above).