To all Cooperators (SACCOs),
The Uganda Cooperative Savings and Credit Union (UCSCU) advise SACCOs as follows:
The Union will continue to engage the key stakeholders in the country to ensure that our concerns are heard to enable the SACCO sector continuously serve its members. On that note, you are reminded to submit your SACCO data because we shall need it to engage stakeholders.
As we endure this period of great uncertainty, together we shall make it through. STAY SAFE.
Dr. Sylivester Ndiroramukama
Chief Executive Officer
CC: The Chairperson-Board UCSCU
Dear Members, see below the basic protective measures against the new coronavirus from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
STAY SAFE EVERYONE!
The countdown to the World Cooperative Congress begins!
12 Feb 2020
Preparations for the 33rd World Cooperative Congress have officially kicked-off at a meeting in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. The launch event featured representatives from all International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) member organizations in the country, officials from local governments and several civil society organizations contributing to the national social economy sector.
The main theme of the Congress is ‘Deepening our cooperative identity’, and will be an opportunity to celebrate the movement’s history while launching a debate to generate a more multi-faceted understanding of the role of cooperative identity in cooperatives. Due to take place on 11-17 December 2020, the Congress aims to gather around 2,000 cooperators from around the world at the COEX complex located in the heart of the city.
The year 2020 marks both the 125th anniversary of the ICA, which was founded in 1895 at its 1st Congress in London (UK), and the 25th Anniversary of the adoption of the ICA Statement on the Cooperative Identity. The Statement sets out the definition of a cooperative as a special form of organization, the values of cooperatives, and the cooperative principles that direct their behavior and operation.
At the launch event, Martin Lowery, who chairs the Congress Task Force and presides over the ICA Board Committee on Cooperative Identity, spoke about the importance of cooperative values and how they form the essence of the ’cooperative difference’.
Mr Lowery shared the three main thematic pillars of the Congress: Deeping our Cooperative Identity; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Cooperatives’ Global Responsibility in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The 33rd World Cooperative Congress will discuss an array of themes linked to the cooperative identity. It is intended to be useful for cooperatives’ positioning at the national and international level at a time when the recognition of our specificities is increasingly difficult. It will also be an opportunity for cooperatives to learn how to better use the cooperative identity to their advantage, and increase their business sales in the context of global competition.
A number of high-quality papers and studies will be prepared and presented at the event. The Congress will be preceded by an International Research Conference (10-12 December) and an International Cooperative Law Forum (12-13 December), which will discuss themes related to the Congress. Several other side events will also be organized.
During the launch event trip, Mr Lowery conducted meetings with the organizers, ICA member organizations and the Seoul Metropolitan government. Also in attendance was ICA Director General, Bruno Roelants, who recalled the meeting between the Seoul city Mayor and ICA President at an event on Social Economy in Bilbao, Spain, where the idea of having the World Cooperative Congress in Seoul emerged.
“There is a big expectation from the international cooperative movement to come to Korea and learn about your experience”, said Mr Roelants. This will be only the second time that an ICA Congress is organized outside Europe; the first was the 30th Congress in Tokyo in 1992.