Impacts of Regional Integration in Mercosur on the co-operative sector

Historically, the cooperative sector in Latin America has contributed to job creation, and been a relevant provider of housing, consumer goods, marketing services, financial services, and other goods and services. Despite its significance, however, the sector has not been actively involved in the process of regional economic integration within the Southern Cone Common Market (Mercosur) nor has it been a priority for public policy. This project will examine the impact of regional integration on Latin American and Canadian cooperatives in the context of globalization. Researchers will look at the role of cooperative organizations in job and income creation; the effects of public policy and government intervention on cooperatives; and the strategies adopted by cooperative organizations to respond to regionalization and globalization. They will identify and characterize successful experiences. The project will help strengthen an academic network of cooperative studies centres in Latin American and Canadian universities and enable cooperative organizations to participate more effectively in regional policymaking.

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Project status


Start Date

Friday, March 3, 2006

End Date

Sunday, May 3, 2009


24 months

IDRC Officer

Rius, Andrés

Total funding

CA$ 300,200


Argentina, South America, Brazil, Canada, North and Central America, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Juan Pablo Martí


Asociación Pro-Fundación para las Ciencias Sociales

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