Underexplored and barely known, the Malawian co-operative movement has experienced serious challenges since its inception in 1946. Rural co-operatives in the country have endured crises and yet they are thriving in adverse circumstances. In this article we asked to what extent and in what ways rural Malawian co-operatives are resilient social and economic organisations? In the absence of a consolidated body of literature on 'co-operative resilience' we address this question by (1) reviewing the existing literature on co-operatives and identifying key factors that appear to be conducive to resilience and (2) by analysing extensive field data on four of the biggest co-operatives Unions in Malawi and establishing how they have coped with challenges. The field-based data and our literature findings shed new insights into the nature of resilience. Co-operative resilience is a long term processes, one based on reflexivity and interactions between members, leaders and national and international organisations. Resilient strategies developed by rural Malawian co-operatives are also outlined and explored. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Borda-Rodriguez, A., Vicari, S. (2014). Rural co-operative resilience: The case of Malawi. JOURNAL OF CO-OPERATIVE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT, 2(1), 43-52 [10.1016/j.jcom.2014.03.002].

Rural co-operative resilience: The case of Malawi

Vicari S.
2014-01-01

Abstract

Underexplored and barely known, the Malawian co-operative movement has experienced serious challenges since its inception in 1946. Rural co-operatives in the country have endured crises and yet they are thriving in adverse circumstances. In this article we asked to what extent and in what ways rural Malawian co-operatives are resilient social and economic organisations? In the absence of a consolidated body of literature on 'co-operative resilience' we address this question by (1) reviewing the existing literature on co-operatives and identifying key factors that appear to be conducive to resilience and (2) by analysing extensive field data on four of the biggest co-operatives Unions in Malawi and establishing how they have coped with challenges. The field-based data and our literature findings shed new insights into the nature of resilience. Co-operative resilience is a long term processes, one based on reflexivity and interactions between members, leaders and national and international organisations. Resilient strategies developed by rural Malawian co-operatives are also outlined and explored. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
2014
Borda-Rodriguez, A., Vicari, S. (2014). Rural co-operative resilience: The case of Malawi. JOURNAL OF CO-OPERATIVE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT, 2(1), 43-52 [10.1016/j.jcom.2014.03.002].
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