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Johannesburg South Africa

Conference on Cooperatives and the Solidarity Economy
2nd Edition

3-4 November 2022
Hybrid: Online & In Person Event
South Africa: University of Johannesburg, STH


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. 

Click on the button below to download the CCSE 2021 (1st Edition) Conference Proceedings


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. Throughout the two-day conference, cooperatives will have stands at the conference
venues to display their products/services, exchange ideas with conference delegates
and sell their products/services to interested conference delegates.

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


1. Cooperatives in Africa
2. Member Education in Cooperatives
3. Community Development through Cooperatives
4. Policy Support for Cooperatives
5. Critical perspectives on Cooperative Leadership
6. The cooperative Identity
7. Financing start-up Cooperatives
8. Youth and Cooperatives
9. Cooperatives and the 4th Industrial Revolution
10. Data on Cooperative Development
11. New Cooperatives models: Network, Platform, Community, Social, Food, and Housing.
12. Replicating Successful Cooperative Models

13. Cooperatives, Climate Change, Resilience and Inclusion
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 be allocated up to 40

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 Okem, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Prof Esther Gicheru, Cooperative University of Kenya, Kenya
Dr Julia Modise, North-West University, 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, LEMNA (University of Nantes) and ONIRIS, France
Dr Shadreck Matindike, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
Ms Camila Luconi Viana, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
Dr Mercy Mwambi, World Vegetable Center, Taiwan
Dr Claudia Sanchez Bajo,University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Economics

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 (Final Call for Papers Extended)


Final Call Submissions Open:        25 May 2022
Closing Date for submissions:       16 August 2022 (Extended Final Call Deadline)
Notifications to Authors:                5 September 2022
Submission of full manuscripts:     10 October 2022 (for the extended final call)

Early bird registration opens:        13 June 2022 (Registration Now Open)
Early bird registration closes:        10 August 2022
Final Date for Registration:            20 October 2022

Young Scholar Workshop:              02 November 2022
Conference Dates:                          03-04 November 2022

Abstract submission 

Click here to download the abstract submission template.

Panel Proposal Submission



Click here to download the panel proposal submission template.

Full Manuscript Submission



Only abstracts submitted on the abstract submission form by the closing date will
be considered.

Visa: delegates who plan to attend the physical event should email for an invitation letter. You are requested to contact the South African embassy in your country to confirm visa requirements.


Welcoming Delegates at OR Tambo International Airport: The Africa Cooperatives Institute of SA will have an official stationed at the OR Tambo International Airport to welcome guests flying into Johannesburg for the conference. All participants travelling from other countries or cities into Johannesburg for the conference will be required to share their travel information. The official will be responsible to take down shuttle driver information and vehicle registration for record keeping and for safety management purposes. Delegates may ask the official for any advice or for any local information they need. However, the Africa Cooperatives Institute of SA will not arrange shuttles but can only recommend service providers upon request.


Accommodation: The conference venue is located in Auckland Park, a section of Johannesburg that is central and reachable through e-hailing transport, buses and by walking if staying in the nearby hotels. The Africa Cooperatives Institute of SA does not take any responsibility for accommodation services but can assist with booking verifications and in arranging discounts where possible. The institute recommends the following hotels because of radius and the additional support they are prepared to provide:



Covid-19 Regulations: The conference venue operates a strict Covid-19 vaccination policy. All in-person attendees are required to produce proof of vaccination during registration or be prepared to produce daily Covid-19 test results on the dates the conference takes place.


Conference & Workshop Venue: Both events will take place at the University of Johannesburg, School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH). Tea, Lunches and the gala dinner will be served in the same venue. The school and its facilities can be viewed at: 

100th Year of the International Day of Cooperatives Webinar hosted for the CCSE 2022

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Registration Information

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Conference Registration Fees (Early Registration)
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Supported by ICA-CCR

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