The main goal of the Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative — CLARITY — is to help national cooperative movements in developing countries create a legal and regulatory environment that enables cooperative businesses to flourish.
CLARITY was created in 2005 by the members of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
It grew from the shared experiences and convictions of OCDC’s members that outmoded legal systems were barriers to cooperative development in many parts of the world.
CLARITY Initiatives focus on developing a cooperative-led process for cooperative legal reform, including: principles for reform, assessment, analysis and outreach, and ways the principles can be applied.
Since its beginning, the CLARITY Initiative has published three reports:
- Enabling Cooperative Development: Principles for Legal Reform (Principles for Legal Reform)
- Creating CLARITY (Assessment, Analysis & Outreach)
- Applying CLARITY Principles to the Nicaraguan Cooperative Law (Applying the Principles).
The reports are supported by workshops, lectures and additional tools and materials for cooperative movements as they work toward legal reform.
For in-depth information about CLARITY, visit http://www.clarity.coop.