Latin America


The long-term impact of the DGRV CoopSur Project is to improve the economic and social participation of large population groups, especially micro and small entrepreneurs, artisans and farmers, who do not, or only in a very limited way, have access to markets and they are not yet members of a cooperative, as well as members of existing cooperatives.

About the project

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 under 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, reference manuals and provides cooperatives, federations and / or central officials to use management tools, hence enabling 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, the DGRV seeks according to the thematic approach the collaboration with confederations, central institutions, federations, networks of cooperatives and individual cooperatives, as well as at national and decentralized level with supervisory authorities, ministries and others.

In Chile, DGRV collaborates at national level with the DAES, Division of Associativity within the Ministry of Economy, to strengthen the supervision of the cooperative sector. At the base level, another objective is the implementation of the Social Balance methodology, a tool to assess the social responsibility of cooperatives, cooperating with the country’s largest financial cooperative, COOPEUCH as well as with credit and savings cooperatives affiliated with Coopera.

As part of a global BMZ project, DGRV collaborates with the Association Cooperativas de Chile, the Ministry of Energy and the IEP (Instituto de Ecología Política) to promote decentralized energy production cooperatives. The project develops a manual for the establishment of cooperatives for decentralized energy production under Law 21.118 in Chile.

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.

Social Development Goals

With its activities, DGRV contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially:



DAES, as a Division of Associativity, is part of the Ministry of Economy and because of this assumes responsibility for the promotion, control and supervision of the social economy and hence also the cooperative sector. The areas of cooperation with the DGRV are the implementation of risk-based technological tools to improve the supervisor’s work.


The activities of the project in Chile are supervised by the DGRV office in Paraguay, the contact person is the Project Director José Manuel Bautista ( and Bruno Báez (, as project manager.

Other projects in the region

Costa Rica

The project work in Costa Rica mainly focuses on two key areas: DGRV supports its partner INFOCOOP, the public cooperative institute, in fostering its supervisory function by the use of a software for financial indicators, an internal control system and an external audit of cooperatives in all sectors. INFOCOOP is also advised by DGRV on […]


Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, DGRV works together with AIRAC (Asociación de Instituciones Rurales de Ahorro y Crédito), an association of rural savings and credit cooperatives.

Latin America


DGRV is active nationwide in the Ecuadorian cooperative sector. The aim of the project is to improve the income situation of micro-entrepreneurs and family farms, as well as to secure the savings of members of savings and credit cooperatives.