IRU meets ICNW in Kulala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia: From 14-17 November 2017, the Internatioanl Co-operative Allaince (ICA) invited its members to the Global Conference and General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur. On this occasion, IRU Sectetary General Andreas Kappes met Dr. Nandini Azad, President of the Indian Cooperative Network for Women (ICNW) and Special Appointee Gender to the Board of IRU. Mr.…

Dr. Ariel Guarco elected as ICA President

Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia: The General Assembly of the ICA International Cooperative Alliance elected Dr. Ariel Guarco from Argentina as its new president for the period 2017-2021 in Kuala Lumpur on 17 November 2017. Andreas Kappes, Secretary General of IRU – International Raiffeisen Union and Head of Department International Relations of DGRV (German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Association)…

IRU Secretary General meets CEO of KUSCCO in Kenya

Nairobi: In June 2017, Andreas Kappes, Secretary General of IRU – International Raiffeisen Union and Head of the Department International Affairs at DGRV met KUSCCO’s CEO George Ototo in Kenya. DGRV (German Cooperative Raiffeisen Association) is currently expanding its project activities in Eastern Africa. KUSCCO (Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives Ltd.) is not…

Scientific Symposium: “RAIFFEISEN 2018: Economic Innovation – Social Orientation”

On June 30 and July 1st, 2017, the Raiffeisen Symposium at Schloss Montabaur, the Academy of German Cooperatives (ADG), explored the co-operative idea of ​​Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen. The approximately 80 participants and academics discussed the economic innovation and social orientation of the cooperative idea and the relevance of cooperatives to present times. The guests were…

The Idea and Practice of Cooperatives are Intangible Cultural Heritage

On 11th May 2017, Minister of State Maria Böhmer handed over the UNESCO diploma in recognition of the “Idea and Practice of the Organization of common Interests in Cooperatives” as Intangible Cultural Heritage to the German Hermann-Schulze-Delitzsch-Gesellschaft e. V. and the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Raiffeisen-Gesellschaft e. V. The two organizations were decisively involved in the nomination of Germany…

Kick-off event for the Raiffeisen Year 2018

On 30th March 2018, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen’s birthday will be celebrated for the 200th time. Just one year before, representatives from industry, politics and society met at Neuwied for a “Jour fixe with Raiffeisen” in preparation for the anniversary year.   “Raiffeisen. Great idea!” –  Under this motto, the cooperative world started the Raiffeisen Year…