Members of the Coop 360 Network Trained in Good Governance

By Sarah Kisakye,


Members of the Coop 360 Network were trained in the principles of good governance; business and financial management, from 1-3 October 2018, at Les Foyers de Charité (Namugongo-Kyoto).

The Coop 360 Network is an enterprise of The Uhuru Institute for Social Development. It is a member based platform through which cooperatives and other collective businesses are connected to industry players, and The Uhuru Institute’s products and services.

The training was an eye opener to the participants, who acquired skills to lead and grow more cooperatives in the country.

They spoke of the experience being life changing and they committed to make necessary adjustments in some structures within their cooperatives.

Ms. Atim Cecilia from Pedacon Cooperative Society said she acquired relevant Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills.

“Right now if you bring something concerning ICT, I can answer, not like before,” Ms. Atim said to fellow participants.

Mr. Tenderessy Zakayo Malinga from Sebei Elgon Cooperative Union said he acquired Monitoring and Evaluation skills.

Cooperators were grateful to The Uhuru Institute. They asked the Institute to continuously organise such trainings.

The Uhuru Institute Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Leonard Okello urged participants to be accountable and use the skills acquired to develop cooperatives.

An official from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives noted that cooperatives foster development.

‘’Cooperatives have the potential of increasing production, productivity, and value addition which are critical for Uganda’s transformation.’’

The Uhuru institute is actively involved in the revitalisation of cooperatives in Uganda and realises this through various enterprises, such as the Coop 360 network, Sokoni (an online market for cooperatives) and Freedom Fund (an enterprise that provides affordable credit to members of cooperative organisations), among others.

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