The sub-project in Myanmar, which is part of the regional project “Promoting Cooperative Self-Help Organizations in Asia”, aims at improving the framework conditions for cooperatives in the country by supporting selected pilot cooperatives and by increasing the capacities of national stakeholders. The objective is to empower poor households in order to be able to face economic challenges cooperatively. The current project phase lasts from 2018 to 2020.
The selected pilot cooperatives in the fields of agriculture and financial services are being supported in collaboration with other development partners, e.g. the United Office on Drugs and Crime (Story of the Month). DGRV provides advisory services for the organisational development and good governance of cooperatives and strengthens the capacities of board members and managers.
As main national stakeholder in Myanmar’s cooperative system, DGRV supports the Cooperative Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) in order to build supervisory capacities and to promote a common understanding of the cooperative values and principles.
The project is funded by the BMZ – German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Study visit in Germany
From 23. until 27. September 2019, DGRV organized a study visit with representatives from the Cooperative Department, the Central Cooperative Society and the Cooperative University in Thanlyin to Germany. The focus of the study tour was to show how the German system of cooperative federations works to support cooperatives and to provide insights into best-practices of auditing cooperative enterprises. Besides visiting a number of selected primary cooperatives, the delegation visited DGRV headquarter Bonn, the Cooperative Federation Weser-Ems as well as the Ministry for Economy, Labour, Transportation and Digitization of Lower Saxony in Hannover.
On 19. August 2019, Green Gold Cooperative, a marketing cooperative of about 1,000 coffee farmers which has been set-up with the support of UNODC, has held its third General Assembly. DGRV provides capacity building to the board of directors, internal auditors, and management team of the cooperative on organizational and governance issues.
Mr. Marc-André Zach
Ms. Ines Feismann
Ms. Khin Akari Tar
Mr. Hein Win Thu
Ms. Suzi Phyo
Ms. Khin Su Su Hlaing
Within MoALI, the Cooperative Department is responsible for the cooperative system in Myanmar and currently DGRVs main local partner. The Departments’ objectives are,
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