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The ILO holds meeting on care provision through cooperatives

On Wednesday, August 23rd, The ILO’s Cooperative Unit (COOP) and the Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Branch came together with 27 ILO colleagues from headquarters and the field to discuss progress on the initiative Cooperative Care Provision as a Gender-Transformative Decent Work Solution, initially launched in March 2023.


Simel Esim, Head of the COOP Unit presented a summary of the different pathways for care provision through cooperatives that was developed as part of the ‘Global mapping of the provision of care through cooperatives ’ (ILO, 2017). She highlighted the diversity that exists within care provision through cooperatives and underscored how this initiative is remaining open and flexible to adapt to needs that arise depending on the local contexts.

She noted that the care sector adaptations of Think.Coop  and Start.COOP  tools will serve as a pathway for both existing care workers seeking to work via a cooperative model and individuals/organizations, including local governments, beneficiary families, aspiring to participate in cooperative care provision. As unique needs out of the national assessments, the initiative remains flexible to developing supplementary tools, particularly for established cooperatives interested in adding care services, she added.

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