Cooperatives leaders roll out activities as they gear up for Ushirika Day celebrations

Sacco Review team during the last year's International Day of Ushirika Day at KICC. Photo Obegi Malack

Cooperatives leaders have launched activities in preparation for the upcoming International Day of Cooperatives (Ushirika) Day to be marked on July 6, 2024.

The theme for this year’s Ushirika Day is “Cooperatives build a better future for all,” it will be held in Nairobi County at the KICC grounds.

State Department of Cooperatives Permanent Secretary Patrick Kilemi who attended the launch in Nairobi noted that it is crucial to recognize the significant role that cooperatives play in shaping Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The theme resonates deeply with the core values and the principles of the cooperative movement and the objectives of the upcoming UN Summit of the future with the theme of “Multilateral solutions for a better tomorrow,”.

Cooperatives with their inherent identity values and principles form a robust system that aligns perfectly with the SDGs.

The PS commended cooperatives across various sectors for promoting inclusive economic growth and empowering marginalised communities to fostering environmental sustainability and promoting social cohesion, cooperatives are at the forefront of creating positive change.

The 2024 Ushirika Day provides an excellent opportunity for cooperatives to showcase their commitment to inclusive and sustainable growth, environmental stewardship, and resilience in the face of challenges such as climate change.

The celebrations will also bring cooperatives leaders together to reflect on their collective achievements and identify areas where they can further collaborate and innovate to build a brighter and more sustainable future for all.

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National Council for Ushirika Day Celebrations chairman Macloud Malonza said that the International Co-operative day aims to strengthen and extend partnership between the International Co-operative Movement and the Actors, including Governments at local, national and international levels.

Malonza who is also Chairman for Harambee Co-operative Savings & Credit Society Ltd said that this year’s Ushirika Day will be the 30th United Nations International Day of Cooperatives.

“The theme for this year invites cooperators around the world to spread the word about how our human-centered business model, inspired by the cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity and the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others, is building a better future for all,” said Malonza.

The cooperative movement has organized several Ushirika activities for 2024 which include a blood donation drive on June 11-13, 2024 to be held at the Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK) on June 11 and on June 12-13 outside the National Archives starting 9am.

They will also hold Environmental Day to be held on October 10, 2024 to be in line with the National Tree Planting Day.

There will be exhibition stands on July 6, 2024 at KICC grounds for the Co-operatives and other stakeholders to showcase their products and services, innovations, and the milestones they have achieved over the years.

The 2023 UN secretary Report on Cooperatives in Social Development rightly acknowledged the pivotal role of cooperatives in promoting economic and social development, particularly for marginalized groups, cooperatives have consistently demonstrated their resilience during times of crises, showcasing their ability to adapt and thrive even in challenging environments.

The international Day of Cooperatives serves as a platform to raise awareness about cooperative principles, celebrate their successes and promote international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality and world peace.

It also aims to strengthen partnerships between the International Cooperative Movement and governments at all levels, fostering collaboration and mutual support towards common goals.

By Obegi Malack

obegimalack@gmail.com

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