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Qoin is a pioneering social enterprise based in Amsterdam, providing a broad set of services on all aspects of setting up community currencies and acting worldwide.


Since 1998, Qoin assists public authorities, businesses, financial institutions, NGOs and citizens to use community currencies as instruments to reach sustainable economic activities, social progress, and ecological balance.


Over the years, Qoin has developed extensive expertise across monetary policy, public policy, IT development, administrative and legal subjects related to designing, launching and operating community currencies, payment platforms and trading programmes.


Qoin supports communities, government authorities, businesses and financial institutions to realise their goals around social innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship and regional resilience through community currencies.


For more than fifteen years, Qoin has been designing, refining and implementing community currencies as a tool to:

• stimulate regional economic development;

• increase prosperity of small and medium enterprises;

• empower citizens to be active in their community;

• enhance informal care and voluntary help;

• incentivise consumers to act environmentally friendly.


Since 1993, Qoin’s founding directors have been active to support community currencies when they both worked for STRO. Rob van Hilten and Edgar Kampers established Barataria in 1998, which lead to foundation of the label “Qoin” in 2006.


Qoin participates on a structural basis in various international research and development projects in order to get more grip on the impact of currencies on societies.

In brief, Qoin:

  • is member, initiated, and co-secured the funding of the EU-collaborations Community Currencies in Action, SamenDoen, and NU-spaarpas;
  • is responsible for the infrastructure behind Bristol Pound, Brixton Pound, Makkie, SoNantes, TradeQoin, Troeven, WeHelpen, and many others;
  • cooperates with the municipalities of Amsterdam (NL), Lambeth (London, UK), Nantes (FR), Tholen (NL), and others; the provinces and regions of Limburg (BE), Achterhoek (NL) and others; the Dutch and Flemish governments; The banks Rabobank, Bristol Credit Union (BCU), Credit Municipal de Nantes;  Insurance companies; Pension funds, Chèque Déjeuner, etc.;
  • is a global board member to IRTA - The International Reciprocal Trade Association;
  • initiated and managed the Amsterdam LETS Noppes (1993- 1998), and the green reward scheme NU-spaarpas (1999 – 2003) in Rotterdam.


In the coming years Qoin expects to start a series of new partnerships. The main targets for 2014 – 2015 are starting a green currency that has its focus on climate change in Western countries, and the Qoin Academy that trains a new generation of community currency implementers and managers.


Qoin has an international staff headquartered in Amsterdam, and is operational around the world, with a focus on North West Europe.


Last update: October 2014


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Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Information/network organization
Field of work Financial services, Services, other, Law, Knowledge and information
Date of commencement 1998
Founder(s) Rob van Hilten, Edgar Kampers
Legal form Stichting (foundation)
Continent Europe
Country The Netherlands
City Amsterdam
One or several keywords that describe your initiative Complementary economy, local exchange and trading systems, local economy, alternative economy, community currencies
More information

Contact person(s)

Edgar Kampers


Contact information

Name Qoin
Address Donker Curtiusstraat 7 Ė unit 114
Zip/postal code 1051 JL
Place Amsterdam
Country The Netherlands
Phone +31 - 20 Ė 717 3505



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