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Traditional Forms of Cooperation Basis for Modern Cooperatives in Sudan

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In a recent editorial, the Sudan Vision supports using traditional forms of cooperation in their country as the basis for forming modern cooperatives:

The cooperatives have been developed in a local context to solve problems that beset ordinary people, based on the traditional mutual work in the specific local environment.
Cooperatives movement has its deep-rooted and glorious history in supporting the economy and contributing in socioeconomic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration in Sudan.
The thirtieth of last century witnessed the emergence of cooperative in the then Northern Province to provide agricultural machinery to the farmers through importation a matter that represented that start point for a real step forward for the farmers in the province.Another example is Wad Ramli Cooperative in Khartoum North which was established in the fortieth of last century as it managed to export fruits and vegetables abroad.During the period 1969 – 1980 and due to the consequences of the economic situation, late economist Prof. Mohammed Hashim Awad revived the cooperatives movement as most of the districts in the country established its cooperatives to provide the commodities from the factories directly to the consumer which means simply selling in wholesale price.Citizens were able to get their commodities in reduced prices and we are still recalling the cooperatives of each block with certain its certain selling days and the volunteers who took the responsibility in running those cooperatives with their high national spirits to serve their people.The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the contribution of cooperatives to socioeconomic development. It is high time for our government to launch a cooperative strategy to create viable, sustainable and local economies. We urge all concerned ministries, institutions, related civil society organizations to work jointly to revive the cooperative movement, bearing in mind that we have hundreds of qualified cadres who could shoulder the responsibility of running such activity.

Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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