ICA Thematic Committees

The International Cooperative Alliance’s committees and networks are the think tanks of the ICA. Composed of experienced and dedicated cooperators affiliated with members, committees and networks are on the basis of data, reports, and guidelines that benefit cooperators everywhere.

Gender Equality Committee

The Gender Equality Committee (ICA GEC) is a thematic committee of the International Cooperative Alliance which promotes equality between women and men and gender integration in the co-operative movement and society. It was formerly known as the Alliance's Global Women's Committee.

Committee on Cooperative Research

The ICA Committee on Cooperative Research (ICACCR) is a bridge between academic research and the cooperative world. The ICACCR aims to raise awareness of cooperative research, particularly to managers and cooperators so that it can be applied effectively to current cooperative issues. 

Cooperative Law Committee 

The Cooperative Law Committee gives independent advice to the ICA on cooperative law, broadly defined to include all legal rules that shape the cooperative institution and regulate its operations. 

Youth Committee

The vision of the ICA Youth Committee (ICA YC) is to effectively and inclusively, unite, promote, and represent youth in cooperatives at the global level. It has the role of promoting youth at the behest of the ICA and providing thematic advice to all ICA bodies to support their actions toward young people. In addition, it aims at promoting education in general, and in particular training and information on the ICA Statement on the Cooperative Identity. Members of the ICA YC encourage and support youth to play an important role of strengthening and when necessary, rejuvenating cooperatives with the aim of protecting and promoting the social, cultural, environmental, and economic aspirations of present and future generations.

International Cooperative Development Platform 

The objective of the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP) is to promote and support the initiation and furtherance of international cooperative development activities within and among cooperative development organisations, so as to enhance their collaboration as well as social and economic effectiveness.

The Platform serves as a forum for the discussion and exchange of experiences and knowledge on issues related to international cooperative development, the promotion of the cooperative model towards development actors and international institutions, as well as the cooperation within development programs and partnerships.


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