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CoopSur - economic inclusion of SME and small farmers through cooperative and competitive structures in southern America

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Cooperative Regulatory Authority (INCOOP), Cooperative Confederation (CONPACOOP), Development Bank (AFD), holding in the cooperative financial sector (hcm), Central of Credit and Savings Cooperatives (CENCOPAN), Central of Credit and Savings Cooperatives (CREDICOOP), National Federation of Credit and Savings Cooperatives (FENACREP), Central of Rural Credit and Savings Cooperatives (CIDERURAL), National Body for Supervision of the Financial Sector (ASFI), Technical Association of Cooperatives (ATC), Ministery of Economy: Divison for Associacion and Social Economy (DAES), Institute for Cooperative Development (IDC)

Period of Implementation

January 2019 - December 2024

Geographic scope

Americas: Paraguay


$ 231,000
€ 3 280 000


Bilateral Aid: German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Agriculture & Fisheries, Banking & Financial Services, Rural Development

Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Legal and Regulatory framework, Technical Assistance & Advisory, Training & Capacity Building


The DGRV promotes both primary cooperatives of different sectors and multi-level associative structures throughout the project landscape by applying a system-oriented approach. Project activities focus the micro- as well as the meso- and macro-level, combining the support of co-operative approaches from the base with the advice of regional and national sector institutions, respectively. By enhancing the creation of integrated systems and adapted frameworks the project aims at contributing to the promotion of social structure and to foster sustainability. Main areas of support are: Financial Inclusion, Rural Development, Vocational Training. The primary target groups are (1) micro and small businesses, craftsmen and farmers who have little or no access to markets and are not yet members of a cooperative and (2) members of existing cooperatives. Indirect target groups are officials and managers / executives / co-operative workers who act as multipliers, as well as authorities at regional and national level working in co-operative organizations (eg associations and central cooperatives) as well as in co-operative relevant institutions (eg ministries, supervisory authorities). Depending on the country and the main area of support, project partners can be either cooperative associations, central institutions of the cooperative sector and primary cooperatives as well as ministries, central banks, development banks, regulators and other authorities at a national and decentralized level (see above for a detailed list of the main partners in each country). The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Project Objectives

By promoting co-operative self-help, the project contributes to the economic and social participation of broad sections of the population, to the improvement of local and regional economic and social structures and thus to poverty reduction in selected countries of southern South America. The project aims to strengthen co-operative structures in agriculture, the real economy and the financial sector. Systems of cooperative self-help develop into multi-level cooperative systems, enabling the integration of economically disadvantaged groups into the economic process and thus into society. 

Impact on SDGs

SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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