COOPERATIVES


COOPERATIVES

Cooperatives form an alternative economic and social development model that empowers rural Ugandans to improve their social and economic conditions which would otherwise be difficult to achieve individually.

Whether structured as Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs), agricultural marketing or multipurpose, these member-based, community-driven and democratically controlled entities are instrumental in improving peoples’ livelihoods through income generating projects, vulnerability risk reduction and promotion of inclusion and social justice.

Despite the crucial role they play, most Cooperatives suffer from serious legal problems but seldom seek legal assistance. The reporting structure between the management and the Board is normally very weak as no written evidence of the meetings or transactions exist.  Even when there is written evidence, it is too weak to stand in a court of law or tribunal.

 

We assist Cooperatives to comply with the law, improve transparency and accountability through understanding;

  • The application of the Cooperative Societies Act and the Tier 4 Microfinance and Money Lenders Act;
  • Formation, reorganization, legal compliance;
  • Contracts and agreements;
  • Risk management;
  • Mediation (serving as mediators in order to avoid the divisiveness of litigation and collectively solve disputes and promote cooperation among members);
  • Negotiation (facilitating transactions and exchanges through strategic discussion and compromise);
  • Land transactions;
  • Intellectual property (trademark, copyright and trade secrets);
  • Educational workshops that provide members with an overview of cooperative enterprises

 

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