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ICA-AP in partnership with the ICA-EU Project and support from IFFCO, India organized the first Young Development Professionals’ Meeting (YDPM) on January 30th at the Fertilizer Marketing Development Institute (FMDI), Gurugram, India. The YDPM was intended for Young Professionals in the Development Space and Students interested in pursuing careers in local, national and international development, to come together, get to know each other and the work they do, share aspirations and discover one of the most celebrated democratic and value based economic enterprise model; co-operatives! The Meeting witnessed an array of ethical entrepreneurs and community leaders from Asia Pacific share their stories, struggles and successes. The idea for YDPM stemmed from the belief that both Co-operatives and CSOs have sustainable development in their fabric and can learn from each other, and strengthen efforts to achieve the mandates under Agenda 2030, especially on youth related SDGs targets. The overarching goal was to bring together young professionals and orient them on the cooperative enterprise model and create space to work together. The broad objectives of the YDPM included exchanging ideas and fostering development partnerships among CSOs and co-operatives, generating awareness on the co-operative enterprise model, and creating joint action & research plans addressing community action to achieve SDGs.


Mr. Rylan Peery, COLAB USA, during his presentation in Not Business As Usual


The Meeting was planned along three main themes- Not Business As Usual (A session to introduce social enterprises and co-operatives formed by entrepreneurs and/or organisations who believe in doing business more inclusively), No More Add and Stir (A session focused on SDG 5, Gender Equality, highlighting the work undertaken by co-operatives and CSOs, and the gaps that remain in the scope of SDGs) and Climate Action Now! (A session intended to build a multilogue on how organisations are tackling climate-based challenges and contributing to a cleaner environment). The sessions saw stellar speakers representing upstanding work of co-operatives and non-profit organisations. The YDPM succeeded in highlighting the similarities in the development work undertaken by co-operatives and CSOs and points of potential synergies for the future. A detailed report based on the presentations will be shared on the ICA-AP website soon.