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Features

The SACCA Congress is African Confederation of Savings and Credit Associations (ACCOSCA)'s largest event, that bring together Co-operators from all over the world to address key topical issues facing Cooperatives in general and SACCOs in particular and to explore strategic and innovative techniques of ensuring sustainable co-operative institutions.

In 2016 the congress was in Kigali, Rwanda where over 700 delegates participated; in October 2017 the Congress comes to Lilongwe, Malawi with Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (MUSCCO) and the Malawi Cooperative movement as a host. This will be the 18th SACCA Congress with expected attendance of over 800 delegates from all over Africa and beyond; these will include government officials, trade union experts, development agencies operating in Africa and members of the Cooperative family in Africa. The venue for the Congress is Bingu International Conference Centre. From 23rd to 24th October, 2017 there will be pre SACCA workshops, while the SACCA Congress takes place from 25th to 27th October, 2017. For in depth benefit of the Congress, it is recommended that first time attendees should attend both pre SACCA workshops and the Congress.

OBJECTIVES

The Congress is intended to;

  • Engage stakeholders in promoting and supporting Initiatives that leads to a whole inclusive co-operative sector

  • Promote Efficiency in Co-operatives by Advocating for Adoption and Usage of information Technology

  • Promote financial cooperatives (SACCOs) and other Cooperatives to actively get involved in development agenda

ATTENDANCE

This Congress like all others will be attended by the following among others;

  • CEOs of small & medium Co-operatives Financial Institutions/Development focused Banks.

  • Senior managers of large Co-operatives Financial Institutions and related private sector, SACCOs, Co-operative Board/Management Committees

  • Senior government/agencies' officials and development partners involved in promoting and supporting the cooperatives sector.

  • Officials working for Research Institutions , Co-operative Universities and Co-operative Colleges

By attending the Congress, participants will;

  • Network with other Co-operators from across the world

  • Attend sessions that best suit their business needs

  • Participate in in – depth discussions on challenges affecting Cooperatives

  • Listen to presentations on case studies on how Cooperatives are contributing to wealth creation and improving livelihoods

WHY ATTEND THE 18TH SACCA CONGRESS

The 18th SACCA Congress will bring together diverse and enthusiastic participants from all regions in Africa and beyond. Through the Congress therefore there is no doubt that there will be a flow of innovative ideas; through the breakout sessions and the specialized business clinics. There will be an opportunity to engage with people with different expertise. This will create a pool of ideas where everyone can find something to identify with and that can be of great benefit to their organization that operate and believe in member owned enterprises. Further, the Congress comes at a time when Malawi Government is promoting Cooperatives a necessary vehicle for sustained development as such this will provide a perfect opportunity for Co-operators to interact with great minds in Cooperatives development and learn from their experiences, challenges and strategies for continued Cooperatives development. The Cooperative sector is without doubt key to livelihood enhancement and it is safe to conclude that development of the African continent can be achieved through the Cooperative sector. It is thus paramount that the cooperative movement should come together and speak with one voice. MUSCCO and ACCOSCA hope that the 18th SACCA Congress will be a continuation of the unification of Cooperatives and that together Cooperative movement and Promoters can speak with one voice growing the sector further and in turn impacting on the lives of people living in Africa.

CALL FOR SUPPORT AS AN EIGHTEETH SACCA CONGRESS PARTNER

The success of Malawi hosting the Congress will largely be depended on availability of partners to co - sponsor some of the activities, items and functions such as;

  • Conference package (hall, teas, lunches, stationery)

  • Opening luncheon

  • Malawi night - cocktail

  • Branded promotional materials such as pens, golf shirts, T – Shirts, caps etc with logos of the sponsors

  • Participation fees for some selected participants

  • Accommodation and supper for some cooperative leaders and staff i.e. MUFUNA SACCO delegates and other MLBP Cooperatives delegates

Additionally, co-sponsors will display their banners in the conference hall and will be acknowledged on all printed stationery of the Congress

PROPOSED MALAWI LAKE BASIN PROGRAMME (MLBP) SUPPORT

MUSCCO as a host of the congress seek MLBP support as a Malawian development programme being implemented by a Consortium of MUSCCO, We Effect, Vi Agroforestry, FUM and NASFAM through the following but not limited to;

  1. PMT Members participation as part of capacity building in Cooperatives development. Cooperatives development capacity deficiency has been noted overtime among PMT and Programme Staff. This is could be one of the opportunity to address this knowledge gap through participation of; District Coordinators and Sector Coordinators

  2. Programmes Cooperatives Leaders and Staff participation. i.e. MUFUNA SACCO and Agriculture Cooperatives Executive Committee members.

  3. Country wide SACCOs’ leaders and staff participation, preferably one leader and one staff member. These are SACCOs that are implementing GSLAs/SCs, in total they are five SACCOs country wide

  4. Sponsoring conference luncheon after Programme presentation on Integrated Cooperative Model to the Congress – a case of Malawi, preferably made by Programme Director.

Note: For Staff members and Leaders coming from outside Lilongwe, the Programme should provide for their accommodation and dinner while in Lilongwe. The table below are participation fees;

PERIOD

EVENT

PARTCIPATION FEE PER MEMBER

23rd - 24th /10/17

Pre – SACCA Workshops

US$ 350

25th – 27th /10/17

SACCA Congress

US$ 450

As a Co- Sponsor of the Congress MLBP will be allowed /encouraged to display its services and products through pull outs, banners, brochures and distribute branded materials (pens, caps, T-Shirts, Golf Shirts)

PROPOSED WE EFFECT REGIONAL OFFICE SUPPORT

We Effect formerly Swedish Cooperative Centre (SCC) has long history of supporting Cooperatives development in Southern Africa. In pursuant of its desire to promote development through Cooperatives, We Effect presence during the Congress cannot be over emphasized. Therefore, as Malawi we seek We Effect presence and support during the Congress through; display of a pull out, provision of branded materials, distribution of brochures programmes/projects being supported by We Effect on Cooperatives development. Further to this We Effect should consider sponsoring a one day’s conference package (hall, lunch, teas and stationery) estimated at US$ 13,684. As a Co- Sponsor of the 2017 SACCA Congress We Effect will be acknowledged on the Congress banners and publications.

 

 

CONCLUDING REMARKS

The co-operative business model is among possible solutions to poverty among people living in Africa. MUSCCO and ACCOSCA believes that if proper channels are put in place, if the sector is harmonized to allow integration both vertically and horizontally, if each unit plays their role and respects the roles of others in the sector, then it is possible to realize change. Cooperatives in Africa have had continuous and steady growth in the past years which has encouraged diversification of products and increase in membership, asset base and deposits. The sector has become a main source of employment for many and if well supported and harnessed can become an effective conduit and catalyst for development in Africa especially at grassroots levels.

 

It is also an avenue for interacting with other stakeholders who work towards sustainable development goals. This will allow sharing of working practices and a guide towards exactly how the cooperative sector can get involved in post Millennium Development Goals (2015).  The cooperative sector is without doubt a major source of livelihood for many and it is safe to conclude that development of Africa continent can be achieved through this sector. It is thus paramount that the cooperative movement should continue to come together and converse on how to ascertain Cooperative model inclusion in poverty alleviation among people living in Africa.

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