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7th ICA-AP Coop Colloquium

Fostering a Culture of Collaborative Youth Research


18th August 2023 | Friday

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Indian Standard Time (GMT + 5:30)





International Cooperative Alliance Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP) Committee on Cooperative Research (CCR) launched the COOP Colloquium series in 2022 aiming to start an academic dialogue on issues that are relevant to cooperative education and research. The experience of cooperative scholarship across the Asia and Pacific region is rich and diverse and ICA-AP CCR would like to bring these together in COOP Colloquium to share, inform and learn. Each iteration focuses on a theme, presents different perspectives and has a colloquium!


The 7th iteration of COOP Colloquium is proposed to be held on 18th August in collaboration with the Changemakers20 Summit along the theme ‘Fostering a Culture of Collaborative Youth Research’. It will be held in partnership with India’s Connecting Dreams Foundation and US-based Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). It aims to bring together cooperative advocates, practitioners and young scholars from across the G20 countries and beyond to inform them - particularly young opinion leaders and changemakers - about the nature and benefits of a cooperative enterprise.


Changemaker20 Summit


Changemaker20 is a five-day virtual Summit designed to bring together Young Changemakers from G20 countries and their partners, who are working to address pressing challenges in their respective regions. Through a series of engaging sessions aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), attendees will share experiences, discuss various strategies, and explore good practices to achieve the SDG 2030 Agenda.


The 7th iteration of COOP Colloquium will be based on the Summit theme “Quality Education and Skill Development”. Striving to provide access to quality education for all, regardless of socio-economic background, cooperatives help in promoting innovative teaching methods and digital literacy. This theme emphasizes the need for skill development programs to prepare the youth for the future job market and foster an entrepreneurial spirit, ultimately contributing to global economic growth.


Key Questions

  • Whether and how cooperatives have been able to provide opportunities for youth in the academic context?
  • Does the cooperative form present a way forward for youth to shape their own futures, and if so, how and in what ways?
  • What capabilities have been created or enhanced through being a young co-op scholar?
  • Are there any barriers to learning in the co-ops?





We invite participants to join us for the 7th iteration of COOP Colloquium and engage in an open discussion. Participants are encouraged to register at An email with login credentials will follow before the event.


About the Organisers


ICA-AP Committee on Cooperative Research (CCR) was established in the year 2000 to promote and support the initiation and furtherance of research activities within cooperatives and research organizations at regional, national and local levels, to enhance their social and economic effectiveness. It has members working in the field of research and academia and those in the member organisations of the ICA-AP. During its 23 years of existence, it has organized several regional research conferences and local seminars.


The Cooperatives & Cooperation working group under the Young Scholar’s Initiative (YSI) of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) started in 2015, with the goal of bringing together researchers interested in cooperatives from a wide range of disciplinary and regional backgrounds. It wants to get scholars interested in cooperatives and economic cooperation talking to one another, sharing research, and developing new questions and ideas to better understand economic cooperation within academia and as practiced in the wider world. The Cooperatives Working Group aims to bring together researchers interested in cooperatives from a wide range of disciplinary and regional backgrounds.


Connecting Dreams Foundation (CDF) is a non-profit organisation registered and licensed under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, Government of India. It aims to address the SDG-based challenges through entrepreneurial action and youth participation. CDF is working largely to utilize the potential of the youth and directing it towards activities that will lead to inclusive social development, enabling the achievement of SDGs. It provides the youth with an opportunity to bring about a sustainable and scalable change by working along the lines of 17 SDGs.


Event start date:
Friday, August 18, 2023
Event end date:
Friday, August 18, 2023
Venue: Zoom