The CoopSur project aims to foster competitive, local and regional cooperative structures in the a) agricultural sector, b) in the real economy and c) the financial sector, and their integration into multi-level cooperative systems. Essential are appropriate regulatory framework conditions, especially in the sustainable finance segments (financial inclusion), promotion of production networks, and cooperative training systems.
The inputs (instruments) of the project are the activities related to trainings, seminars, courses, diplomas, regional and international internships, the creation of various competence networks, technical assistance programs and technology transfer (DGRV tools). With specific activities the project promotes changes in the regulations that govern cooperatives, also supporting the preparation of studies, guides andreference manuals. Itprovides cooperatives, federations and / or central officials with management tools, hence enables the counterparts to manage their respective cooperatives more competitively.
The CoopSur project has 10 advisory areas, offers 8 technological management tools and currently cooperates with 13 counterparts in 5 countries within the project region. Within the cooperative sector, DGRV seeks according to the thematic approach the collaboration with confederations, central institutions, federations, networks of cooperatives and individual cooperatives. At national and decentralized level, DGRV cooperates with supervisory authorities, ministries and others.
In Bolivia, DGRV is working with ASFI, Financial System Supervisory Authority, at national level to strengthen cooperatives for more efficient and transparent supervision by providing them with access to indicators through the tool “Alerta Temprana”.
The project also supports the professionalization of the leaders of credit and savings cooperatives open to public, which are supervised by ASFI. The training program is semi-face-to-face and focuses on the interpretation of the financial and management indicators of the AT-indicators. At the base level, another objective is the implementation of the Social Balance methodology, a tool to assess the social responsibility of cooperatives.
The CoopSur project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) and is currently running until the end of 2021.
The objective of the Financial System Supervisory Authority (ASFI) in Bolivia is to regulate, control and supervise financial services within the framework of the national state constitution. The cooperation with the DGRV is centered around the promotion of management information systems (MIS), training seminars for members of the board of directors and participation of ASFI officials in events organized by a working group for specialized supervisors of credit and savings cooperatives within the region.
The ATC is a private non-profit organization that promotes the strengthening, integration and training of members.
The DGRV collaborates with the ATC in the context of a virtual classroom that offers semipresence courses in interpretation of early warning indicators alongside offering the social balance tool.
The activities of the project in Bolivia are supervised by the DGRV office in Paraguay, the contact person is the Project Director José Manuel Bautista (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bruno Báez (email@example.com), as project manager.
There are more than 2,500 savings and credit cooperatives (SCC), and production and service cooperatives in the country, which contribute around 5% to the country’s GDP. There are secondary institutions, such as FACACH, the national SCC federation, to which 88 SCC with around 850,000 members are affiliated.More