Brazil


In Brazil we offer our support through two projects financed by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The project “Cooperation of the DGRV with the national OCB-SESCOOP system in Brazil and cooperative structures in Argentina” supports cooperative structures through technical and process consulting as well as an international exchange of experts between agricultural cooperative associations in Brazil, Argentina and Germany.

Agricultural primary cooperatives and their member farms can increase their productivity, efficiency and sustainability through improved services provided by umbrella and regional associations as well as secondary cooperatives.

Financed by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the project has a duration of 3 years (June 2017 – December 2020) and relevant work areas are:

  • Training and further education of employees of cooperatives and associations
  • Strategy development and practical application of strategy consulting in agricultural cooperatives
  • Exchange between DGRV and the partners, in which best practice examples from Germany and the partner countries are conveyed
  • Trilateral Cooperation on Cooperative Issues between Argentina, Brazil and Germany

The project develops needs-based educational offers within the association and educational structures in Brazil and Argentina. These educational offers will initially be developed and applied regionally. In a second step, standardised methods and instruments will be extended beyond the regions.

This includes, for example, the regular implementation of modular training courses for supervisory boards and board members in cooperatives. Other current topics in the field of education are consulting methodology and soft skills, internal audit / risk management and cost accounting. The project also improves management in the areas of planning, control and monitoring. In addition, partner associations are supported in the development of strategies, methods and instruments in the priority areas of the project and information is provided to promote cooperation opportunities between cooperatives.

The joint development of a methodology for the strategic consulting of agricultural cooperatives on the basis of case studies led to training courses for association consultants (e.g. consulting methodology, soft skills, financial analysis) and employees in cooperatives (e.g. analysis of business processes and their financial calculation).

With regard to cooperation opportunities, the project is active in the areas of joint services for cooperatives (merchandise management systems) and digital trading platforms.

Sustainable Development Goals


Our BMEL Project in Brazil contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially:







 

Activities


As part of the cooperation, the DGRV is working with its partners in Brazil in 2019 to analyse and advise on joint services for cooperatives. There are ideas for a common ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system for the agricultural cooperatives in Brazil. A new best practice example from Germany, i.e. a common virtual trading platform for cooperatives, will be presented in the context of a consultation by German experts on site as well as a trade visit of the association and cooperative members to Germany. Opportunities for Brazil will be explored during the joint exchange.

 



Partners


Project partners in Brazil are the national umbrella association OCB (“Organização das Cooperativas Brasileiras”) and the cooperative educational institution SESCOOP (“Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem no Cooperativismo”) based in Brasilia. Four regional associations in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, São Paulo and Espírito Santo are involved in the project in order to implement the methods and instruments developed in the project on a pilot basis.

National umbrella association OCB
https://www.ocb.org.br

Cooperative Educational Institution SESCOOP
http://www.sescooprs.coop.br

Regional Cooperative Association Paraná
http://www.paranacooperativo.coop.br

Regional Cooperative Association Sao Paulo
http://ocesp.org.br

Regional Cooperative Association Espírito Santo
http://novo.ocbes.coop.br

Office


The activities of the project in Brasil are supervised by the DGRV office in Bonn:

Tania Czerwinski
DGRV – German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Association e. V.
Adenauerallee 121
53113 Bonn
Germany

F. +49 228 8861 355
czerwinski@dgrv.de

The DGRV project in Brazil covers three different topics: cooperatives in rural areas, renewable energy and financial cooperatives. In order to reduce regional inequalities, the project operates mainly in northern and north-eastern Brazil.

Cooperatives in rural areas are strengthened through the program AceleraCoop, which operates in the areas of management, governance, strategic planning and more, promoting the establishment of networks, partnerships and alliances for these cooperatives. This program, developed by the partner SESCOOP Nacional with help of DGRV, aims to improve the structure and services offered by these cooperatives in order to generate employment and sustainable income for its members.

Regarding the production of renewable energy by cooperatives, a great potential can be identified for the whole sector, including new cooperatives for the production and/or consumption of renewable energies but also cooperatives operating in all other sectors. The possibility of reducing energy costs and contributing to the protection of the environment through own energy production and a higher energy efficiency has only recently raised the attention of the Brazilian population and still calls for a higher degree of recognition. Dialogue and exchange between the group of cooperatives involved in renewable energy production and consumption will also be stimulated.

Credit cooperatives in Brazil are an excellent instrument to foster financial inclusion and to encourage competition in a highly concentrated market. On the one hand, the project, in cooperation with the Organização das Cooperativas Brasileiras (OCB) and the cooperative financial sector contributes to increase the presence of credit cooperatives in northern and north-eastern Brazil. On the other hand, it fosters an appropriate regulation as well as an efficient and prudent supervision in order to offer sustainable, secure and competitive financial services. In this way, the project, in cooperation with the Central Bank stimulates the exchange of experiences and good practices at a national and international level, especially with the cooperative financial sector in Germany. Furthermore, it promotes a better understanding of the impact of financial cooperatives on the attended communities.

Sustainable Development Goals


Our BMZ Project in Brazil contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially:













 

Activities


The activities of the project in Brazil utilize the following instruments:

  • National and international seminars, workshops and events
  • Provision of information material (publications, videos)
  • Consulting and monitoring of cooperatives
  • Training
  • Professional visits

 







Employees


Project director

Dr. Matthias Arzbach

Project Manager

Camila Japp

Senior Project Advisor

Silvio Giusti

Clerical Assistant

Monica Lehmann

Partners


OCB – Organização das Cooperativas Brasileiras

OCB is the leading entity representing cooperatives in Brazil. Its objective is to promote a favorable environment for the development of Brazilian cooperatives through political and institutional representation. It works on the pillar of renewable energy as an opportunity for the cooperative sector as well as issues of training and expansion of action and presence of credit cooperatives in the north and northeast regions.

https://somoscooperativismo.coop.br/ocb

SESCOOP – Serviço de Aprendizagem do Cooperativismo

SESCOOP is the organization of the cooperative sector linked to OCB for the areas of training and technical advice with the mission of promoting the cooperative culture and improving its management for a further development of Brazilian cooperatives. With the support of DGRV, it implements the “AcceleraCoop” Program with its strategy focused on the northern and north-eastern regions of Brazil (Pará, Tocantins and Ceará), strengthening and creating synergies among them,

https://somoscooperativismo.coop.br/sescoop

BCB – Banco Central do Brasil

 

BCB is the Central Bank of Brazil with a mandate for the regulation and supervision of the financial sector including savings and credit cooperatives. Together with the University of the Central Bank it carries out internal training activities (central bank servers) and activities of interest to the financial cooperative sector.

www.bcb.gov.br

Office


German Business Center – AHK São Paulo
Rua Verbo Divino, 1488 – 3º andar
CEP: 04719-904 São Paulo-SP
Brasil

F. +55 11 5187-5104
brasil@dgrv.coop

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