The International Co-operative Alliance is the independent, non-governmental association which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. Founded in 1895, the Alliance has member organisations in 100 countries active in all sectors of the economy. Together these co-operatives represent nearly one billion individuals worldwide.
The mission of the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) is to promote knowledge development and innovation for the field of co-operatives, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations engaged in the production of goods and services. The Institute aims to deepen the understanding of these types of organisations and their impact on economic and social development, furthering their growth and assisting them to work more effectively. Through activities directed toward and in partnership with both the scholarly community and practitioners, including primarily theoretical and applied research and training, we address issues of national and international interest to this sector, favouring openness and collaboration.