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 Paraguay, the DGRV pursues a multilevel approach:
At national level, with respect to the business model of international cooperatives and the sectors legal framework, the main counterpart is the INCOOP supervisory institute. The institution collaborates with DGRV especially in matters of improving the sector supervision. A further focal point is the implementation of a deposit insurance fund for the cooperative financial sector.,however, the draft is still under review by the ministry of finance.
At regional level, the main partners in the financial sector are the CONPACOOP confederation and through it, its federations, such as, the federation FECOPAR. The collaboration focuses on the development of the National Cooperative Education System (SNEC) for the adaptation of digital learning methods within the framework of cooperative training systems, and digital innovation in the training processes. In addition, DGRV implements an institutional strengthening program with the cooperative central CREDICOOP, emphasizing on the area of good governance and internal controls. It further supports the technical assistance area of CENCOPAN with advice on strategic planning and internal control systems. In the productive sector, DGRV works closely with the CONCOPAR confederation on issues associated with education, supporting the Transformative Leadership Academy (ALT). In another activity, DGRV collaborates with the federation of production cooperatives FECOPROD and accompanies and coordinates the promotion of small farmers in the post-harvest process.
At pirmary level, primary cooperatives receive support through the Red Enlace Network Paraguay to overcome organizational (internal) barriers, which limit their ability to develop as an economically sustainable company. Therefore, the CoopSur project transfers DGRV’s own tools to enable a more efficient cooperative management.
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.
A healthy financial system requires an authority that adequately regulates and supervises financial intermediaries. In Paraguay, the supervisory authority of the cooperative sector is INCOOP, institute for the regulation and supervision of the cooperative sector. The DGRV supports the training of its officials and the adaptation of the supervision processes to an appropriate framework for the savings and credit cooperatives. Our team is made up of Bruno Báez as project manager for the DGRV Paraguay and the external consultors Klever Mejia and Paulina Garzón from Ecuador, former Superintendent of the SEPS (Superintendence of Social and Solidarity Economy in Ecuador). The consultants are equipped with extensive practical experience in supervision of cooperatives in Ecuador, today the country with the financial cooperative sector that has the largest market share in Latin America.
Thanks to the international consultant of the DGRV, Dr. Marcelo Morillo, and the support of the council, we defined the guidelines for the annual evaluation of the internal control system of CREDICOOP.
Together with CENCOPAN in Paraguay, we signed a letter of understanding to strengthen the strategic planning of its affiliated cooperatives, using the DGRV SPE technology tool. Thanks to Pedro Loblein, and his head of technical assistance, Victor Daniel Diaz Pita for the trust.
INCOOP is an institute for the regulation and supervision of the cooperative sector. As part of the introduction of the regulatory and supervisory framework, it separated from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in 2004 and has since been independent with its own law that governs it. With INCOOP, the CoopSur project collaborates on activities to improve the risk center for the cooperative sector and to strengthen overall supervision activities.
The confederation CONPACOOP is the highest representative of the sector for savings and credit cooperatives. The institution also administers the national education system (National Cooperative Education System, SNEC abbreviated) accredited by INCOOP to certify the leaders of the cooperatives that have completed the minimum required training courses.
The DGRV cooperates with CONPACOOP in the strengthening of digital education (SNEC), in publishing sector studies, in the development of statistics with data on the cooperative sector and in improving relationship between partner organizations.
CONPACOOP has also established a statistics department (OBSECOOP) for the collection and processing of important data in the financial cooperative sector.
As part of SNEC (National Cooperative Education System), partner federations serve as accreditation bodies for combined or semi-classroom learning courses.
FECOPAR, is an autonomous and voluntary federation of the sector for savings and credit cooperatives, based on self-help and mutual assistance. The institution operates nonprofit and dedicates itself to strengthening education, environmental protection activities and activities that contribute to the Paraguayan cooperative movement in general. The cooperation with the DGRV focuses on supporting the federation’s education and training area, in particular through complementary advice on digital education with the SNEC.
As the Federation of production cooperatives in Paraguay, the main objective of FECOPROD is the promotion of the sector, aiming to benefit both agricultural member cooperatives and the sector in general. In addition, various services are offered in the area of consulting, auditing and training. The DGRV cooperates with FECOPROD in an activity linked to the commercialization of agricultural products and the promotion of regional and sustainable consumption.
The cooperative central assumes simple asset compensation transactions between members and non-members. The cooperation with the DGRV focuses on the application of good governance, the improvement of internal control with the SCI tool and institutional strengthening.
The Confederation of Rural Cooperatives of Paraguay CONCOPAR is a non-profit cooperative entity of the third level. Its aims are sector representation, the defense of cooperative principles as well as promoting and supporting the creation and strengthening of new cooperatives and second degree entities, preferably in the agricultural, forestry and rural environment. The DGRV collaborates with CONCOPAR in the development of the Transformative Leadership Academy (ALT) in matters of education and digital strategy.
With the Network Enlace, the DGRV encourages the exchange of experiences between 20 large savings and credit cooperatives, focusing mostly on the exchange of good practices in microfinance, but also other strategically important issues. This experience is replicated in smaller cooperatives with various strategies.
Cácerez Zorilla 1050
entre Juan XXIII y Narciso R. Colmán
Martha Duarte (firstname.lastname@example.org)
José Manuel Bautista Serrano (email@example.com)
Bruno Báez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Virginia Benitez Cristaldo (email@example.com)
Rosi Rivarola (Digital Education)
Zulmira Rodriguez (Strategic Planning)
Myriam Knorr (Microfinance)
Perla Gaona (Auditing)
Antje Ley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Corina Mercado (email@example.com)
Martha Duarte (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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