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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

The Experience of Co-operative Societies in Rojava

The economy in Western Kurdistan (Rojava) has been exposed to plunder and exploitation on a large scale by the Syrian state, which controlled the country's entire resources, rendering the community powerless. This policy was not only economic, but also social as well and led to the division of society in Rojava, which has always had a tremendous community spirit and culture. Accordingly, the culture of participation, teamwork and mutual confidence has declined in the past 10 years. Rojava is still a war zone and under siege, making its market outside the society's control. There is a lot of political, societal, economic and infrastructure destruction in Rojava. In addition, the migration of capital and humans has further aggravated the situation. Therefore, the revolution and the society of Rojava are struggling economically.

A condition and a situation like this necessitates the development of social economy urgently through developing local communes and cooperatives. Although there are a lot of challenges, the most important thing is the individual and the culture of community. On this basis, during the early stages of the revolution, some of the economic events were conducted expeditiously. Priority was given to projects dealing with agriculture and infrastructure. Some co-ops were established in the past three years. The development of those co-operatives has boosted the confidence of our citizens in building a contemporary and advanced society. It has proven to be an important experiment. Now we have to move to a new stage, which in turn requires reorganising society.

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