Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies
The Department of Co-operative and Friendly Societies (DCFS), an agency within
the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce which has the responsibility for administering
the Co-operative Societies and Friendly Societies Acts and their respective Regulations. Its
objectives are to facilitate the establishment and development of Co-operative Societies and
Friendly Societies and to supervise their operations.
The DCFS and the JSIF a signed Memorandum of Understanding in 2007. The DCFS
trains and certifies as legal entities; select Community Based
Organizations (CBOs) that have received funding approval for their project from the JSIF.
This is necessary if the project under consideration is being implemented under the Community
Based Contracting methodology, which requires the CBO to enter into financial contracts with
the JSIF and on behalf of JSIF when engaging in procurement activities for JSIF projects.
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