June 2016 MASHAV ‘Cooperating Out of Poverty’ course

‘On 19 June, AJEEC-NISPED welcomed the first of its 2016 MASHAV ‘Cooperating Out of Poverty’ courses. Based in Be’er Sheva, these courses combine theoretical and practical studies in the development and management of cooperatives for poverty alleviation and are carried out in partnership with the International Cooperative Alliance Africa.


The course brought together 25 participants from across the cooperative, NGO and government sectors in 10 African countries – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.


Over 25 days, it included visits to kibbutzim and Moshavim across Israel, as well as lectures and workshops on Leadership and Management in a Cooperative Context, Leaky Bucket Theory, Supply Chain Optimisation, Skills of Dignified Management and many other relevant topics. Visits to models of urban cooperatives and social enterprise models suitable for implementation in the participants’ home countries were also arranged. During their stay, the participants were also given the opportunity to visit key religious sites such as Jerusalem, Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee.’