7th Euricse international workshop on cooperative finance and sustainable development | Call for papers

Euricse (the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises) announces the organization of the Seventh Euricse international Workshop on Cooperative Finance and Sustainable Development. The workshop, organized in collaboration with Federcasse (Italian Federation of Cooperative Credit Banks) and with the support of EACB (the European Association of Co-operative Banks), will be held in Trento, Italy on June 16th and 17th, 2016.Both structural changes and the recent financial crisis have created a context where, at least at the local level, the model of financial intermediation that credit co-operatives follow is encouraged to flourish: some peripheral communities and sectors are confronted with a more restricted set of options, while certain sections of the population face increased difficulties to gain access to the financial system. Such a context is indicative of the role that credit co-operatives can play in “plugging the gap between local need and the mainstream services”. The financing of local economies under the current circumstances is regarded as a critical parameter for sustaining a promising path out of recession along with a necessary condition for defending and/or redefining the socioeconomic opportunities of local societies. Therefore a cooperative bank’s internal evaluation should not focus only on its capacity to make profits and surpluses, but also on the effects on the territory of its activity, conciliating business efficiency and regional efficiency.

Manolis

Financial humanist and activist, intrapreneur in the public sector.