When RECOCARNO was first formed, numbers were small enough
to allow individual participation at the RECOCARNO level.
Now that many more have joined, each of the cooperatives has
adopted the new, RECOCARNO-wide form of decentralised, democratic
The Local Assembly etc (describe the various bodies)
replicated throughout each coop though a different number
of LA s depending on the size of the coop and how widely dispersed
the habitations are etc.
The advantages of this are:
The organisation is not becoming more impersonal and out-of-touch
as it grows in line with its success.
The Local Assembly promotes an active interest in the affairs
of the cooperative and, because the delegate structure is
effective, in the affairs of RECOCARNO as a whole.
There is wholehearted participation in programmes sponsored
by RECOCARNO because the Local Assemblies are integral parts
of each community.
Local Assemblies already have a proven track in implementing
initiatives such as training to improve coffee production
and literacy, and are able to form ad hoc structures to carry
forward these initiatives within their own areas.