7.Lack of organizational framework for cooperative education and propaganda andgovernment initiative.As cooperative movement in Ethiopia faces ups and downs, an organizationalframework in the form of departmental set-up, and organizational wing for cooperative education and propaganda were absent. During the formative years of cooperative development, the government’s initiative in the form of managerial,legislative, infrastructural, financial, and the like are very much important. We haveto go a long way in fulfilling the above needs in Ethiopia.
10.2: ISSUES RELATING TO LEADERSHIP:
The following are the issues relating to cooperative leadership in Ethiopia:1.Lack of education of cooperative leaders.2.Lack of initiation from the general public.3.Lack of exposure.4.Sense of fear complex.5.A mentality for self-less service.Lack of education of cooperative leaders:Cooperative leaders in Ethiopia do not have popular cooperative education. In other countries, when the cooperative movement was started, the cooperative leadersthoroughly studied the cooperative movement of their neighbouring countries andother countries. A strong labour movement has provided leadership to thecooperatives in western countries. Such labour movement was absent till recently inEthiopia.Lack of initiation from general public:The general public must have enthusiasm to promote voluntary organizations likecooperatives. Such enthusiasm among the general public can create cooperativeleaders. In the absence of such atmosphere, we cannot expect the emergence of cooperative leaders and organization of new cooperatives.Lack of exposure:Cooperative leaders of Ethiopia lack exposure to the development of cooperatives invarious countries. An exposure of development of cooperatives in other countries canenrich the knowledge of cooperative leaders in promoting new types of cooperativesand strengthening existing cooperatives. The time has come for the Ethiopiancooperative leaders to get the help of world bodies like ILO, and ICA.2