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 Peru, DGRV pursues a multilevel approach:
At national level, the main partners in Peru are the SBS, Superintendence of Banking, Insurance and AFP alongside FENACREP, Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives. DGRV provides advice in the area of supervision, especially regarding the modification of the legal framework that governs the cooperative financial sector since 2019. DGRV collaborates with both institutions regarding the development of the supervision processes also by providing different tools, amongst others Alerta Temprana.
At regional level, DGRV collaborates with the cooperative central CIDERURAL in the area of microfinance regarding the distribution of the MicroScore tool and the continuous training of cooperatives, as well as training courses for the cooperative members.
At primary level, cooperatives receive support to overcome organizational (internal) barriers, which limit their ability to develop as an economically sustainable cooperative organization. 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.
With the help of Rodrigo Mullo from the DGRV office team in Ecuador, Myriam Knorr from the DGRV office in Paraguay and Walther Mendoza as a DGRV consultant in the cooperative central CIDERURAL, the pilot implementation of the MicroScore 4.0 tool was carried out Norandino, a credit and savings cooperative, as well as in CIDERURAL itself.
SBS and the federation FENACREP made a technical visit in Germany between September 9 and 13, 2019, to learn about the supervision and regulation of cooperative banks in Germany.
The Superintendency of Banking, Insurance and AFP (SBS) is the political body responsible for the regulation and supervision of the Financial Insurance System and the Private Pension System in Peru, as well as to prevent and detect money laundering and terrorist financing. SBS is an active member of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion. The DGRV collaborates with the SBS on topics such as the adaptation of supervision to the business model of savings and credit cooperatives, the implementation of a protection fund and events in the context of international working groups.
The Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives FENACREP is responsible for the representation, education and technical assistance of the sector for credit and savings cooperatives. In addition to these traditional tasks, FENACREP is also responsible, as a technical operator, for supporting the supervision of the sector while the institution itself is supervised by the SBS. The cooperation with the DGRV concentrates itself in areas linked to the promotion of supervision through the use of supervisory tools (AT, SCI, SAC) as well as advisory services, in particular risk management and supervision within the finance sector.
A registered cooperative central with 15 (cooperative) members created by the merger of savings and credit cooperatives and agricultural producers in Peru. In addition to financing its members, the institution’s tasks also include supporting its members through technical assistance, the creation of credit and savings products and the representation of interests. The cooperation with the DGRV focuses on institutional strengthening in areas, such as adapting its business model to the new regulatory reality, establishing attractive financial services for its associates, the evaluation of its banking core and the implementation of IT-management tools, among others.
The activities of the project in Peru are supervised by the DGRV office in Paraguay, contact person is the Project Director DGRV-CoopSur José Manuel Bautista (email@example.com).
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