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Conference on Cooperatives and the Solidarity Economy
3rd Edition

1-3 November 2023
Hybrid: Online & In Person Event
South Africa: Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg

The Conference

The Background

The annual conference on cooperatives and the solidarity economy aims to contribute to the
body of knowledge on cooperatives and the solidarity economy. It brings together academics
and practitioners for the development of a robust knowledge base on the cooperative sector
on the continent. The conference will create a platform for dialogue among academics,
practitioners and policymakers for the co-creation of fit-for-purpose knowledge that will
advance the cooperative agenda. 

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The Conference
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Cooperative Research


Conference Duration/Key Activities

1. The conference will be a two-day event with opening and closing plenaries.

2. A pre-conference workshop will be held a day before the start of the conference with
emerging/young researchers to deepen their research skills in studying cooperatives.

You can find more details about the workshop here.

3. On the last day of the conference there will be an opportunity for delegates to have an exchange with local cooperatives and social enterprises.

The third edition of the conference will cover the following and other relevant topics:


  1. Enablers of the cooperative movement

  2. Leveraging the cooperative model for socio-economic development

  3. Cooperatives and the 4th Industrial Revolutions

  4. Cooperatives, Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

  5. Cooperatives and natural resource management


We also welcome the submission of panel proposals. It is the responsibility of the person submitting the proposal to invite contributions to the panel. A panel may have up to 40 minutes. Panel proposals can be submitted on the conference website.


All submissions will be subjected to a double-blind peer review. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected papers will be reviewed for publication in the special edition of Studies in Cooperatives (ISBN: 978-0-620-92747-5).

Conference Committee

Dr Andrew Emmanuel Okem, International Water Management Institute, Ghana/University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Prof Esther Gicheru, Cooperative University of Kenya, Kenya

Dr Julia Modise, Africa Cooperatives Institute of SA, South Africa

Prof Jonathan Feldman, University of Stockholm, Sweden

Dr Meron Okbandrias, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Dr Penine Uwimbabazi, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Rwanda

Dr Barry Ibrahima, Oniris-Nantes & LEMNA (University of Nantes), France

Dr Shadreck Matindike, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe

Dr Mercy Mwambi, World Vegetable Center, Taiwan

Dr Claudia Sanchez Bajo, University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Economics

Prof Aitor Bengoetxea Alkorta, Institute of Cooperative Law and Social Economy, University Institute of the UPV/EHU (University of the Basque Country), Spain

Prof Gonzalo Martínez Etxeberria, Faculty of Law, Deusto-Bilbao University, Spain

Dr Hilarion Kontchop, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University of Douala-Cameroon

Prof Anne Musson, ESSCA School of Management, France.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Nikos Kalogeras, Zuyd UAS, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

Conference Secretariat: Africa Cooperatives Institute of SA

Mr Sizwe Mkwanazi, Africa Cooperatives Institute of SA | University of Johannesburg -
(DPhil Researcher at the University of Oxford)

Important dates 


Abstracts and Panel Submissions Open:                         06 March 2023 

Final Call Opens for submission                                       10 July 2023 (Closed)

Final Call Submissions closing date:                                11 August 2023 ( End of Final Extension)

Final Call Feedback to Authors:                                       31 August  2023 (Closed)

Final Date for Submission of full manuscripts:                6 October 2023 (Closed)

Early bird Registration end date:                                      10 August 2023 (Closed)

Final Date for Registration:                                               20 October 2023 (Closed)

Young Scholar Workshop:              01 November 2023
Conference Dates:                          02-03 November 2023


Abstract/Proposal submission - Closed

Full Manuscript Submission - 20 November 2023

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