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The cooperative movement contributions towards inclusive development

Research period: February – April 2017

Inclusive development (ID) is a key priority to lessening the inequality among people and ensures the ecosystem balance. Its cover economic, social, ecological and citizen rights aspect. Inclusive development is a universal term that’s not only for emerging and developing countries but also for developed one. For Indonesia, lessening the inequality is a primary concern when one of founding fathers lay the economic foundation. Taking cooperative, a ‘community self-help’ or ‘mutual cooperation’ concept to tackle poverty, raising prosperity, implementing democratic participation as well as equality. Therefore, cooperative become an important issue towards inclusive development.

Cooperatives in Indonesia, of course, are diverse. This research will focus on the cooperative movement as a mean of ‘kooperasi’ to draw a distinction with ‘koperasi’ which commonly used by Indonesian. The cooperative movement (kooperasi) is a ‘self-organised’ cooperative that put ideology above profit.

The relationship between inclusive development and cooperatives raises some essential questions: how cooperative movements contribute towards the inclusive development? How the government policies predispose the cooperatives existences? Does innovation help the cooperatives to achieve their goals?

Consequently, those questions are the basis of this report, which address a contribution of cooperatives’ movement in the inclusive development and a number of policy-relevant themes around “cooperatives and inclusive development”. The project was carried out and funded by CIPG.

Researchers: Ferzya Farhan and Daya Sudrajat.

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