Social economy and common goods: case of the Village Association of Foabougou in the Office du Niger area in Mali
Keywords:Village association;, Collective or common good, Social economy;, Community management or self-management, Economic and social development / Association villageoise, Bien collectif ou commun, Économie sociale, Gestion communautaire ou autogestion, Développement économique et social
This article deals with the production and management of collective goods and services by social economy organizations in Mali. Specifically, the article analyzes how a village association—a cooperative community organization—becomes involved in local socioeconomic development by pooling means and resources to produce self-managed collective goods and services for the benefit of its members, but also of non-members who have to pay more. This mode of organization allows rice producers to secure their living conditions in one of the largest hydro-agricultural enterprises in West Africa, as well as to participate in the development of their community.
Cet article aborde la question de la production et de la gestion de biens et services collectifs par les organisations de l’économie sociale au Mali. Précisément, l’article analyse la participation d’une association villageoise—une organisation communautaire à caractère coopératif—dans le développement socioéconomique local, par la mise en commun de moyens et de ressources afin de produire des biens et services collectifs autogérés au profit de ses membres, mais aussi de non-adhérents qui doivent payer plus. Ce mode d’organisation permet aux producteurs de riz de sécuriser leurs conditions de vie, dans l’une des entreprises hydro-agricoles les plus vastes de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, et aussi de participer au développement de leur communauté.
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