Exchange with IRU Members in Turkey

On March 19 and 21, 2019, Andreas Kappes, IRU Secretary General and Head of the Department of International Affairs at DGRV, visited two IRU member organizations in Turkey: the Central Union of Turkish Agricultural Credit Cooperatives (Türkiye Tarim Kredi Kooperatifleri, TKK) and the Union of Sugar Beet Growers‘ Production Cooperatives (PANKOBIRLIK). Both organisations are long-standing…

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IRU Working Group meets in Leuven

March 13, 2019, Leuven/Belgium Upon invitation of Cera/BE and the IRU Secretariat General, the IRU working group met to discuss the topic of “youth & cooperatives”. Having just celebrated 200 years of Raiffeisen and 50 years of IRU in 2018, the IRU member organizations increasingly look towards the future and to securing their sustainable business…

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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.…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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