By Jackson Okoth
The theme of this year’s International co-operatives day, to be held on the first Saturday of July, is ‘Co-ops 4 Decent Work’.
Participating co-op societies will be awarded based on their functions (Saccos, Housing and Investment Co-ops, Marketing Societies), sector (employer, agriculture or community- based) and also based on the size of their balance sheets.
The National Ushirika Day Celebration Council has therefore invited all co-operative societies to a leaders meeting to deliberate on the modalities of adjudication and review of the performance of co-operatives for the year 2018.
All co-operative societies are urged to join this adjudication process to be undertaken in the months of April and May, this year. The outcome of this process shall be announced during the Ushirika Day celebrations on 6th July, 2019.
The United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.
The aim of this celebration is to increase awareness of cooperatives. The event underscores the contributions of the cooperative movement to resolving the major problems addressed by the United Nations and to strengthening and extending the partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors.