The TU.R.B.O project: Legacoop Emilia-Romagna’s missions in Palestine

In the last few days, the 23rd to the 26th of September, Roberta Trovarelli, who is in charge of the Legacoop ER Internationalization and Cooperative Promotion Department, undertook a mission in Palestine to participate as a member to the TU.R.B.O project’s Steering Committee meeting to discuss about the Italian cooperative experience,  best practices and the potential development in Palestine. The Steering Committee includes the Tubas Governorate Office, the Area C Coordination Office (ACCO), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Women Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development, the Office of the Italian Cooperation, the Business Women Forum (BWF), GVC, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano and Legacoop.

Trovarelli’s participation to the meeting was preceded by a mission undertaken by Diego Adorni who, in guise of international expert in development and management of community cooperatives, visited Palestine from the 4th to the 7th of August. During his visit, he met the cooperative union’s representatives and the local institutions (Ministry of Labour – Department of Cooperatives, Agriculture and Local Development) to have a better understanding of the nature of the cooperative movement in Palestine, by analysing its strengths and weaknesses as a starting point to develop a tailor-made path that leads to the increase in economic and social performances of the target cooperatives.

His analysis will be the basis of a second mission undertaken by an expert in organization and governance of cooperatives, to implement, along with local experts, training sessions focussed on the management of production factors and insights into the organization of Community Cooperatives.

TU.R.B.O – Tubas Rural Business Opportunities and social innovation is a project launched in 2016 by the GVC Onlus in agreement with the Governorate of Tubas, the Palestinian ONG Women Business Forum and in partnership with Legacoop Emilia-Romagna, Melpignano Community Cooperative, LattEmilia Cooperative and the Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano.

The project aims to strengthen the resilience of the Palestinian rural villages in the Jordan Valley. Specifically, the project is addressed to 19 communities in the Governorate of Tubas. The specific aim is improving and fostering a permanent position of the agricultural cooperative businesses in Palestine also through measures linking humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and inclusive development.

Legacoop Emilia-Romagna, as a partner, supports the project with its experience in cooperative organization, governance and networking and it is part of the steering committee.