TRAINING ON SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR CO-OPERATIVES
Venue: Credit Union League of Thailand (CULT), Bangkok, Thailand
27 February to 1 March 2015
Gender equality is pursued in and by co-operatives for two major reasons:
Firstly, the promotion of gender equality is an expression of a co-operative’s adherence to the universal values of equality, equity, solidarity, social responsibility, and caring for others as stated in the “Statement on the Co-operative Identity” adopted at the 1995 General Assembly of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). This means that the achievement of gender equality is in the development agenda of co-operatives.
Secondly, the promotion of gender equality is also considered as a strategy or a means to achieve economic success. Along this line, the Harvard Institute of International Development (HIID) described gender equality as making economic sense because a society is able to tap fully its human resource, both women and men, for its economic development (Overhalt et al, 1985, cited in March, 1996). Moreover, Mason and King (2001) said that “…by systematically excluding women or men from access to resources, public services, or productive activities, gender discrimination diminishes an economy's capacity to grow and raise living standards” (p. 10). The same principle can apply at the micro level, such as in a co-operative.
Furthermore, Rule 11, entitled “Social Audit of Cooperatives” of Republic Act 9520 or the “Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008” includes contribution of a co-op to the promotion of gender fair culture and practices as among the indicators for assessing a co-op’s contribution to the uplift of its members’ economic and social needs and those of the communities where the co-op operates.
>The TRAINING in Bangkok:
While there are already co-ops that are advocating and practicing gender equality, more co-ops can and should also engage in this endeavor. These co-ops can begin by raising awareness and learning about it through advocates, experts, and fellow co-operators. Training and mentoring are among these learning opportunities for the co-ops. Through the training that they have on the various aspects of gender equality, the co-ops’ representatives imbibe the knowledge and skills shared by gender equality and co-op development advocates and experts. These advocates and experts are also bound to inspire the participants with their commitment to gender equality.
Also during the training that they have, the participants can share their own experiences and aspirations on working toward improving women’s and men’s lives in their co-operatives.
Gender equality training ranges from basic to advanced topics. In the TRAINING ON SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR CO-OPERATIVES to be held in Bangkok on February 27-March 1, 2015, participants will be trained on:
1) understanding gender analysis and social impact assessment to help them appreciate the use of gender analysis in examining the differences in women's and men's lives, including those which lead to social and economic inequity for women, and, furthermore
2) applying this understanding to policy development and service delivery of co-operatives.
Social impact assessment is about “people impacts” of what co-ops are to their members, families, and communities as a consequence of the co-op policies, programs and services, and activities.
Participants in the Bangkok training will also learn applicable methodologies for analyzing how co-operatives provide environmental or social purpose when they bring in innovative thinking to emerging issues in the society through programs and services—such as fairer, greener products, and socially relevant activities—that will help bring about quality life of the women and men members of the co-operatives.
This Bangkok training is being offered mainly to participants from Philippine co-operatives. They should be co-op leaders, management team members, gender advocates, and gender trainers who have undergone gender-sensitivity training or sessions. Gender advocates and trainers from Philippine local government units (LGUs) and other organizations that support co-ops are also invited to this training.
Day 1, 26 February: Arrival; Dinner
Day 2, 27 February: Registration; Opening Program; Rationale; Gender Analysis Framework (Concepts, Tools, and Processes); Gender Assessment Tool for Co-operatives; Welcome Dinner and Fellowship
Day 3, 28 February: The Social Impact of co-op programs and services; Sharing of socially relevant programs and services
Day 4, 1 March: Visit co-ops and credit unions with socially relevant programs and activities
Day 5, 2 March: Departure for home country
AWCF and CULT
The Asian Women in Co-operative Development Forum (AWCF) is a resource center and advocacy body on gender and co-op development. Since its founding in 1990, AWCF’s activities in the Philippines and five other Asian countries have aimed at helping support co-operative growth through the advocacy and practice of gender equality in co-ops. Toward this goal, one of AWCF’s foremost activities is giving training to gender trainers, gender focal persons, gender advocates, and role models who will be gender equality champions in their co-operatives and will, in turn, train and inspire even more gender-aware co-operators. AWCF has extensive experience in gender mainstreaming in co-operatives in the Philippines and in Asia. It works with various in-country and international agencies in designing and implementing gender and co-op development programs and projects. The AWCF Secretariat is hosted by the Credit Union League of Thailand (CULT), AWCF’s member-organization in Thailand.
Ms Kruewan Chonlanai
Chairperson, Asian Women in Co-operative Development Forum(AWCF); Executive Director of Credit Union Development Institute,
Credit Union League of Thailand, Limited (CULT), 40 Ramkhamhaeng Rd., Saphansoong, Bangkok 10240 THAILAND
The Gender Equality Resource Center (GERC) was established in 2013 to promote the gender advocacy in co-operatives in the Philippines. The GERC is a network of gender advocates in co-ops and is a creation of the AWCF through its gender equality in co-ops project in 2013 with the We Effect (formerly the Swedish Cooperative Centre [SCC]). GERC-Philippines was registered with the Philippines’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Dec 23, 2014. (FB account: GercForum Gender Equality)
Ms Salome Ganibe
Ms Maria Theresa Saliendra
Mobile Nos: 0917 843 6390 (Globe), 0922 468 5546 (Sun), 0998 9770530 (Smart)
>How to participate in the Bangkok TRAINING:
1. Register using the registration form to be provided by GERC-Philippines (registration form available by e-mailing
2. Book your own air ticket with your chosen airline carrier (PAL, Cebu Pacific, Thai Airways, others)
February 26 – Manila-Bangkok
March 2 – Bangkok- Manila
Important: Your passport should be valid for travel and should not expire in August 2015. Please send us your flight details for airport pick-up arrangement.
3. Bring stories on social-related activities of your co-operative and/or organization for sharing to other participants.