Re: Enabling rural cooperatives and producer organizations to thrive as sustainable business enterprises

John Rouse Italy

Financial self-reliance versus technical self-reliance:

Much of the discussion so far has been on how to promote better cooperative financial self-reliance. Not much has been said on how best to promote more cooperative technical self-reliance. For example, how do you help cooperative members and leaders become successfully manage the cooperative business without the need for continued external assistance. In the past governments have tended to address this problem by temporarily assigning trained officers to help manage the cooperative business, but this approach hasn't worked very well. It has only created more cooperative dependency on outside support. Some governments feel uneasy about promoting greater cooperative independence from their support. How do you think this problem should be addressed?