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To all Cooperators (SACCOs),

Following the Directives issued by H.E. The President of Uganda in March 2020, aimed at protecting the citizens of Uganda from COVID 19 global pandemic, UCSCU wishes to announce that all our offices will remain closed for 14 days but our staff will continue to work remotely from home. We can be reached on email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Uganda Cooperative Savings and Credit Union (UCSCU) advise SACCOs as follows:

  1. Comply with the directives of H.E, the president of Uganda and follow to the dot the Standard Operating procedures in place and those to be issued in future in order to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID 19.
  2. SACCOs should as much as possible within the directives issued make available members savings to those who might want to access them. You need to continually advise members to only withdraw their savings if they must!
  3. Disbursement of loans can be restricted to emergence or small loans with short term loan periods. SACCOs should also encourage their members to pay what they can to reduce the future burden of their loans.
  4. SACCOs should encourage their members to stock enough food for at least a month; SACCOs can now apply the concern for the community principle by providing/giving the vulnerable individuals in the Society with basic necessities to prevent COVID 19.
  5. SACCOs should also limit expenses and avoid cash outflows that can be avoided or deferred.

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.


Yours faithfully,

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:

  • Wash your hands frequently

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 social distancing

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.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

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.

  • Practice respiratory hygiene

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.

  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

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 and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

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

  • Follow the guidance outlined above.
  • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Source: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public">https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public


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.

source: https://www.ica.coop/en/newsroom/news/countdown-world-cooperative-congress-begins

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