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L to R: Dr. Rajasekhar, Dr. R. Manjula , Ms. Emi Do, Ms. Jieun Jang

 

The Dr. Mauritz Bonow Young Researcher Award was given to Ms. Emi Do, PhD candidate, Department of Agricultural Economics at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Ms. Jieun Jang, Sciences Po, Master in International Development at Paris School of International Affairs at the 12th ICA-AP Research Conference held on November 11, 2017 in Seoul. 

 

The Dr. Mauritz Bonow Young Researcher Award is a joint initiative of the ICA-Asia Pacific (ICA-AP) and the ICA Domus Trust. Dr. Bonow, President of ICA (1962-1975) was a strong advocate of co-operatives and was responsible for the development of the Co-operative Movement throughout the world and particularly in developing countries. Dr. Bonow was a strong advocate of education and believed that the strength of the cooperative movement depended on the existence of a vast and enlightened membership. He urged training institutions, colleges and universities to have co-operative training programs, and called on them to award undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and doctorates. He felt these students would later play important roles in the enlightenment of the average co-operative worker, making them better co-operators and agents for transforming society. 

 

A special sub-committee comprising of Dr. Morris Altman, Dr. Veena Nabar and Dr. Y. Dongre reviewed the papers and shortlisted three for consideration. Following their presentation at the 12th ICA-AP Research Conference in Seoul, Ms. Emi Do and Ms. Jieun Jang were declared as the first and second prize winners, respectively

 

The First prize of US$ 500 was awarded to Ms. Emi Do, PhD candidate, Department of Agricultural Economics at Tokyo University of Agriculture for her paper on Fostering Co-operation: Can Membership Education increase a Co-operative’s Ability to Mobilize Community through the Organizational Social Capital?

 

The Second prize of US$ 300 was awarded to Ms. Jieun Jang, Sciences Po, Master in International Development at Paris School of International Affairs for her paper, Compatibility of the Interests of Producers and Those of Firms in Cooperatives: Lessons from Producer-owned Dairy Cooperatives in India.