finep capacitated International Co-operative Alliance in EU funding

finep supported the Brussels-based International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) in 2017 and 2018. We capacitated the three non-European regional offices Africa, Americas and Asia-Pacific in EU funding and lobbying. Through capacity development trainings in Kenya, India and Costa Rica the local cooperatives and federations of cooperatives from the regions have been empowered to develop funding proposals to the EU and to effectively lobby with their respective EU delegations.

Lena COOPS training Costa Rica
finep advisor Lena Grothe (middle, outer right hand side) with participants in Costa Rica

The trainings contributed meaningfully to the efforts of the ICA to develop a holistic approach for their engagement with the European Union. They also supported the global visibility of the cooperative model and strengthened strategic alliances of the ICA with the EU. Our trainings have enabled cooperatives worldwide to fulfil their role as important international development actors of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

After the training in Costa Rica a group of engaged cooperatives was formed that will follow-up on their shared holistic approach for their engagement with the EU in the future. To read more about it, please click here: