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Functions of the Cooperatives Division

The Co-operatives Division has the following main functions:

(i) provision of legal and institutional framework;

(ii) registration of Co-operative Societies;

(iii) auditing, supervision, inspection and monitoring of co-operative societies;

(iv) coordinating co-operative activities with other institutions;

(v) preparation of programmes and policies for the co-operative sector;

(vi) conception, implementation and monitoring of national co-operative development projects;

(vii) coordination of foreign financial and technical assistance for the implementation of co-operative projects;

(viii) advising and assisting co-operative societies and federations in the implementation of their plans and projects;

(ix) data collection and publication of reports on co-operatives and the Co-operative Movement;

(x) assisting co-operative societies in modernising their activities and in attaining financial and
functional autonomy;

(xi) promoting new management concepts through HRD, training and education within the co-operative sector; and

(xii) promoting and developing the Co-operative Movement in every field of human activities for the economic social and cultural upliftment of the adherents and the community generally.

 Section  Function
1. Administration
 Formulate and implement policies with regard to co-operatives and their development
 Carry out overall monitoring of the activities of, and co-ordination between the different sections of the Division
2.Registrar, Co-operative Societies Unit  Provision of conducive legal and institutional framework for co-operative development

  Ensure  the  enforcement  of  and  compliance   with   the   Co-operative   Societies  Act   by all  co-operative societies

 Registration of co-operative societies

 Supervision, inspection and monitoring of co-operative societies

 Auditing the accounts of co-operative societies

 Provision of education and training for the promotion and modernization of the co-operative sector


 Settlement of Disputes in Co-operative societies

 Liquidation of Co-operative societies

 Organisation of Co-operative events

3. Co-operative Development Unit

making proposals for the development of co-operative sector

preparing and drafting sectoral development plans and review of the co-operative sector

assisting in the formulation of policies relating to the co-operative sector

examining project proposals and advising on their viability or otherwise

formulating project requests for assistance from aid/donor agencies

examining feasibility studies of co-operative projects

project implementation

providing sectoral inputs to and participate at the level of bilateral joint-commission meetings

assessing prospects for the development of the co-operative sector, identifying problems connected with this sector and advising on the policy measure to be taken.

providing and maintaining up-to-date and reliable information on the co-operative sector


Co-operatives Division
Last Updated: 08 May 2012