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Good Co‐Operative Governance: The Elephant In The Room With Rural Poverty Reduction


  • Rowshan Hannan


This article argues that good governance is a key component of the co‐operative contribution to poverty reduction. It reports on fieldwork findings in Kenya, which compares a co‐operative with strong governance processes with one facing a number of governance challenges. It concludes that good governance allows processes (or activities) within co‐operatives to be undertaken more effectively, impacting poverty outcomes at the village level. This has important policy implications, particularly for the way in which governments and development agencies work with co‐operatives. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Rowshan Hannan, 2014. "Good Co‐Operative Governance: The Elephant In The Room With Rural Poverty Reduction," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 26(5), pages 701-712, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:26:y:2014:i:5:p:701-712

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    1. Musson, Anne & Rousselière, Damien, 2018. "Exploring the effect of crisis on cooperatives: A Bayesian performance analysis of French craftsmen cooperatives," Working Papers 279350, Institut National de la recherche Agronomique (INRA), Departement Sciences Sociales, Agriculture et Alimentation, Espace et Environnement (SAE2).

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