Global Conference ‘Cooperatives for development’

From 14 to 17 October in Kigali, Rwanda, more than 1,000 people from 94 countries participated in the 2019 edition of the International Cooperative Alliance’s Global Conference ‘Cooperatives for Development’. 


An event organised by the International Cooperative Alliance in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Rwanda.

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day 2

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day 3

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day 4

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#coopconference19 — pre-conference events

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Our International Conference on Rwanda’s soil will show – with humility, pride, and hope – the achievements of the cooperative movement and all its as yet untapped potential in development.

We hope that this conference will enable us to make our voices heard on the international scene in favour of a stronger, more united, and open world. We hope to see you there in large numbers.

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Ariel Guarco

President , International Cooperative Alliance

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Did you know that…?


Highest % of women in parliament in the world

64% of Rwandan parliamentary positions are occupied by women, and countless other ministerial positions and important offices are structured in a similar way.


Rwanda’s local language is Kinyarwanda

Rwanda’s local language is Kinyarwanda, though French, English, and Swahili are widely spoken. Remember this word: koperative, cooperative in Kinyarwanda.


Mandatory national community service

Called Umuganda, this national day of service occurs on the last Saturday of every month. All Rwandans and residents have to work within their community sectors on various public works projects.


“Turabunamira twiyubaka”

Rwanda observes a week-long national period of mourning and remembrance called Icyunamo each year beginning on 7 April. 2019 marks 25 years since genocide began at the Gisozi genocide memorial site. A popular Rwandan artist sang songs like “Turabunamira twiyubaka” meaning “honouring them as we rebuild”.


Responsible tourism

Rwanda has 5 volcanoes, 23 lakes, numerous rivers and 3 National Parks. Akagera is the largest National park well known for Big five animals, Nyungwe is the greenest national park with natural forest, recognized for chimpanzee and bird species, and Volcanoes national park is notorious as Home of Mountain gorillas.


Plastic bags are banned

Animal and environmental conservation is a big priority. In 2008, Rwanda became known around the world for banning plastic bags in an effort to go green. Kigali is the cleanest city in Africa. 


One of the safest countries in the world

Listed as the ninth safest country in the world by the World Economic Forum and the 11th safest country in the world by a 2017 Gallup poll, Rwanda is impressively safe, stable, and easy to visit.


High above the sea

The country is 1,000 meters above sea level on average, reaching 4,500m at the top of Karisimbi and never really going down to sea level.

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