The role of co-operatives in economic development in Namibia

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University of Namibia
This study is aimed at examining the role of cooperatives societies in economic development with a view to throwing some light on the nature and features of cooperatives, the benefits and the formation and management of cooperatives societies and the specific objective of the study is therefore to examine the role of cooperatives societies in economic development in Namibia with special references to both workers and service categories. The study used qualitative method. The study used the content analysis whereby data was analyzed by utilizing elements of communication in order to understand the study or to test assumptions and phenomenological studies whereby the researcher focused on understanding people’s perceptions, perspectives and understanding of particular situations. Descriptive and inferential statistics was also used to analyze data and draw conclusions. This study found that it is evident that cooperative enterprises are contributing to development of the Namibian economy through job creation, income generation and poverty alleviation. It also shows that cooperative enterprises are viable and feasible businesses and the business/sales volumes despite the fluctuations due to the demand, natural and market forces shows that they are sustainable.
A research thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Business Administration (Management Strategy)
Co-operatives, Economic development