Cooperatives and Poverty Reduction: A Literature Review

There is growing consensus among both practitioners and the academic community that the cooperative business model is a form of institution that meets most of the dimensions of poverty, providing opportunities, facilitating empowerment, and enhancing security. But what is the basis for the claim that the cooperative model has a potential to reduce poverty? This paper presents a literature review of empirical research on cooperatives’ potential to reduce poverty and finds substantial evidence to support this claim. Four different perspectives on this proposition are identified, all agreeing to this claim but emphasizing further the need to respect cooperative principles and values.


Issue Date:
2013
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/249620
Published in:
Journal of Rural Cooperation, Volume 41, Number 2
Page range:
114-146
Total Pages:
34




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