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International Co-operative Alliance


The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is an independent, non-governmental organisation that unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. It exists to provide an effective and efficient global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and co-ordinated action for and about co-operatives. ICA has 271 member organisations around the world from 96 different countries (as at 26 March 2013).  ICA indirectly represents around a billion individuals around the world.


The ICA helps individuals, government authorities and regional and international institutions understand the co-operative model of enterprise. It channels specific information to institutions and the media showing the importance of co-operatives to a wide range of economic and social issues.


The ICA acts as the custodian of cooperative values and principles around the world. It makes the case for co-operatives as businesses that use a distinctive values-based economic model that put people before profit. It also aims to demonstrate how co-operatives give individuals and communities an instrument of self-help and influence over their development.


The ICA helps its members in their lobbying for new legislation and more appropriate administrative procedures that respect the co-operative model, its values and principles. It provides political support as well as technical expertise to enable co-operatives to compete on a level playing field. The ICA provides its members with key contacts and information on best practice.


It facilitates contacts between co-operatives for trading purposes and intelligence sharing in a wide range of areas. It organises meetings, workshops and individual meetings to address key issues affecting co-operatives around the world.


The ICA provides technical assistance to co-operatives. It has offices in Europe, Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific. Through its development programmes at global and regional levels, ICA promotes capacity building, advice and financial support to the co-operative movement globally.


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Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Information/network organization
Field of work Law, Knowledge and information
Date of commencement 1895
Legal form Alliance
Continent Europe
Country Switzerland
City Geneva
One or several keywords that describe your initiative co-operative, promoting the co-operative model
Publications video, books, research reports, newsletter, blueprints
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Contact person(s)

Nicola Kelly


Contact information

Name International Co-operative Alliance
Address 150, Route de Ferney
Zip/postal code 1211
Place Geneva
Country Switzerland
Phone +41 22 929 88 38



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