Bruno Roelants is the Director General of International Co-operative Alliance and was formerly Secretary General of CICOPA and of its regional organization, CECOP CICOPA-Europe. Hyungsik Eum is the Data Analyst at CICOPA and Strategy and Statistics Coordinator of the International Co-operative Alliance. Simel Esim is the Head of the Cooperatives Unit of the International Labour Office in Geneva. Prior to this, she was a Senior Technical Specialist in the ILO's Regional Office for Arab States. Sonja Novkovic is Chair of the Committee on Cooperative Research of the International Co-operative Alliance Research Committee. She is also the Academic Director in the Co-operative Management Education program and Professor of Economics at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada. Waltteri Katajamaki works at the International Labour Office in Geneva as a Technical Officer on Rural Economy and previously worked at the ILO's Cooperatives Unit.
At SEWA, we strongly believe that organizing poor informal workers into their own cooperatives and micro-enterprises, strengthens their collective bargaining power and generates sustainable employment & livelihood opportunities, thereby reducing poverty. With the informal economy on the rise, this book is a welcome addition to the ongoing debates on the future of work for the informal and rural economies of the Global South as well as the flexibilizing workforce of the Global North , Reema Nanavaty, Director, SEWA, India and member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work Through work, we create value and in good work, we find dignity and meaning. This book is an outstanding guide to the wealth of practice around the world in which co-operative models of enterprise serve to make work a transformative experience. , Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK