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Co-operative Housing International aims to give co-operators access to information to aid their work. This section contains links relevant to housing co-operatives and the co-operative world.

ICA Global

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is an independent, non-governmental organisation that unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. It exists to provide an effective and efficient global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and co-ordinated action for and about co-operatives.


urbaMonde’s mission is to support sustainable cities built “by and for their inhabitants”. Beyond supporting the emergence community-led habitat projects, their goal is to consolidate civic-public partnerships for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development.

psh urbaMonde

Open source database showing community led initiatives around the world.

United Nations – International Year of Co-operatives 2012

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. ICA Sectors ICA Housing is one of 8 sectors representing different industries and activities all around the world. ICA Regions The International Co-operative Alliance is organised into 4 distinct regions, each with its own office and staff team.

Housing Europe

Established in 1988, Housing Europe is the European Federation of Public, Cooperative & Social Housing – a network of 43 national and regional federations which together gather about 43,000 public, voluntary and cooperative housing providers in 23 countries. Altogether they manage over 26 million homes, about 11% of existing dwellings in the EU.

Euricse (European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises)

Research centre designed to promote knowledge development and innovation for the field of cooperatives, social enterprises, commons and nonprofit organizations.


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

Rooftops Canada Foundation / Fondation Abri International

Rooftops Canada is the international development program of co-operative and social housing organizations in Canada. Rooftops Canada works with partner organizations to improve housing conditions, build sustainable communities and develop a shared vision of equitable global development. Rooftops Canada’s focus is on disadvantaged communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. .

The Global News Hub

The Global News Hub from Co-operative News — the world’s oldest co-operative newspaper (est. 1871) — features articles about co-operatives around the world and provides an opportunity for the sector to contribute stories.

Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives

COPAC is a committee made up of the cooperative movement and the United Nations and its agencies. Members work together on equal terms to promote and coordinate sustainable cooperative development by promoting and raising awareness on cooperatives, holding policy dialogues and advocating policies that enable cooperative success, working together on technical cooperation activities and sharing knowledge and information.

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

The Rochdale Pioneers Museum in the UK exists to preserve the original store of the Rochdale Pioneers and to generate an understanding of the ideals and principles of the co-operative movement.

Community Land Trusts

Started in the US and now being taken forward by the UK, Community Land Trusts are powerful examples of people taking control and transforming the nature of their community.

Mutual Home Ownership

Mutual Home Ownership (MHO) is a new form of tenure, being pioneered  in the UK, to increase the supply of affordable intermediate market housing without requiring a major increase in capital investment from Government.

UK National Co-operative Archive

The National Co-operative Archive is home to collections relating to the history of the co-operative movement, that provide an unrivaled resource for the understanding of co-operative movement from its initial ideas of the nineteenth century to the present day. The archive includes manuscripts, rare books, periodicals, films, photographs and oral histories.

Solidarity Cities

Solidarity Cities is an initiative on the management of the refugee crisis proposed by the Mayor of Athens and launched in the framework of the EUROCITIES network. It aims to constitute the framework under which all cities actions and initiatives are presented highlighting the political leadership of cities in addressing this challenge.


Centre for the Study of Co-operatives – University of Saskatchewan
The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, established in 1984, is an interdisciplinary teaching and research institute at the University of Saskatchewan. One of the key people in its formation was the then president of the university, Leo Kristjanson, who found it surprising that although co-operatives play a crucial role in all segments of the provincial economy and society, very little research was being done into their role and operation. To answer this need, Kristjanson established the centre, in conjunction with people from the co-operative sector, the university and the Government of Saskatchewan.

Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy: University of Victoria 

The British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies (BCICS) is a catalyst for research, learning, and teaching about co-operative thought and practice. The Institute, founded in January 2000, is based at the University of Victoria. BCICS collaborates locally, nationally, and internationally with other post-secondary institutions, the co-operative sector, governments, individuals, and communities interested in co-operative development.

UK Centre for Co-operative Studies

Research centre that promotes education and training along with independent research and consultancy in all aspects of co-operative organisation and development – University College Cork

Promoting Cooperatives 
Second edition of the information guide on the ILO’s Recommendation 193 on the Promotion of Cooperatives. Adopted in 2002, ILO 193 provides an internationally agreed template for national policy.

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