AWHO AS A MULTI STATECO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY
ights of the members of the Society were violated by men who had nei-ther the vision to understand the pioneers of the co-operative move-ment like Rochdale nor the frame of mind to respect the rights of the citizen under the rule of law. When writing about AWHO, the statementmade by US President Reagen instantly springs to mind:“The nine most ter-rifying words in the English language are: ’I’m from the government and I’mhere to help.”
Cooperatives represent a third sector of the economy, diﬀerent from privateenterprises and from public sector entities. Although some examples of con-crete actions are provided, it is not possible to give very speciﬁc details onall the issues covered. Nevertheless, cooperatives stand for transparency andaccountability.1.
: CONSUMER COOPERATIVES: DEMOC-RACY, DEVELOPMENT, EMPLOYMENTWHAT IS A COPERATIVE? PAGE 3THE COOPERATIVE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES.. PAGE 5ENSURING THE COOPERATIVE DIFFERENCE PAGE 10COOPERATIVES & MARKET ECONOMY PAGE 12
III The Tragedy that befell AWHO
The member of a consumer cooperative is an individual person acting as aconsumer. Therefore the aim of consumer cooperatives is to meet the needsand aspirations of consumers. The accountability of managers of a consumer