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Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Canada's Co-ops, Credit Unions Show More Interest in Issues of Poverty

From the Centre for the Study of Education and Work's Email Newsletter for the week of February 3rd, 2008:


CANADA'S CO-OPS, CREDIT UNIONS SHOW MORE INTEREST IN ISSUES OF POVERTY
AND DEVELOPMENT

Over the past five years Canadian co-op and credit union members have
become more interested in issues of poverty and development around the
world, and are more supportive of co-operative efforts to ease poverty in
the developing world. Those are two of the findings in the latest national
survey by the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA).

Of the respondents to the survey, nearly 74 per cent strongly support the
efforts of Canadian co-operatives and credit unions - through the CCA - to ease
poverty around the world. Three similar surveys over the past five years
have shown a steady increase in awareness of the issue and support for
CCA’s efforts. Over the five year period, the percentage of respondents
who strongly support co-operative involvement in international development
has increased by nearly 18 per cent.

The three surveys were administered for CCA by Iolaire Consulting of Antigonish, NS.

For more information, contact John Julian, Director, International
Communications & Policy at john.julian@coopscanada.coop.

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