Connecting co-ops: the importance of ICTs

A panel discussion entitled “Cooperatives and the Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)” was arranged on 6 June

The event was hosted by DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), as part of the 2012 UN International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the contribution cooperatives make to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are defined as technologies that facilitate communication and the processing of information by electronic means, and include everything from: radio, satellite, television to telephones, computers and the Internet.

The panel discussion examined the role of ICTs in improving efficiency in the cooperative movement and themes surrounding the impact ICTs have on cooperatives and the challenges associated with ICT implementation.

Ms. Felice Llamas, from DSPD moderated the discussions and said, “ICT’s are transforming co-operatives by expanding the scope of potential networks and deepening existing networks through more consistent communication.” 

For more information:

Cooperatives and the Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

News story on the website of DSPD

2012 UN International Year of Cooperatives