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1150 Justice Mahomed Street, (Previously Charles Street), Brooklyn, 0181


DGRV is providing training and assistance to cooperatives in South Africa to:

Produce more effective and long-term results.

  • Create highly effective training experiences for all audiences.
  • Develop co-operative training with transformative power.
  • Provide short skills based training courses.


bakery training

DGRV’s aim is to support the development of micro and small enterprizes into sustainable self help units. This is done through practical and theoretical training. Also training in the principles of control and management and finally long term mentorship and assistance.



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See our work in action.

DGRV promotes an integrated approach to community development through our long-term development programs. Click on the link below to view our aid and development work in and around South Africa.



The Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e. V. (DGRV – German Co-operative and Raiffeisen Confederation – reg. assoc.) is both the apex and auditing association of the German co-operative organisation. We work in the tradition of Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen and Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch. The co-operative link-up group is by far the largest economic organisation in Germany in terms of members, with over 20 million members. Of these, 3.8 million are members of housing co-operatives which are not organised under the umbrella of the DGRV.

Co-operatives are widespread in Germany. Almost every farmer is a member of one or more co-operatives. 60% of all craftsmen, 75% of all retail traders, 90% of all bakers and butchers and over 65% of all self-employed tax advisors are members of a co-operative. The co-operative organisation employs around 600,000 people throughout Germany and provides extensive training programmes for approximately 35,000.

The Confederation's purpose is to promote and represent the mutual interests of its members and their affiliated co-operative institutions. As a legally registered auditing association, the DGRV can carry out all audits of its regional and national centres, special institutes and federations. As a co-operating partner of other institutions at home and abroad, it promotes cooperative development primarily in third world countries, but also in Central and Eastern Europe.

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All of our courses are based on a communicative, student-centered teaching approach designed to engage and challenge all our students to improve quickly. Our goal is to change the lives of individuals and communities. DGRV offer the following courses to empower all involved:

Multi-Level Approach

  • Macro –

legal and regulatory frameworks

    1. DTI (Co-operative Unit, CIPC, SEDA);
    2. CBDA
  • Meso –

to benefit from a subsidiary constructed network

    1. NACFISA
    2. Is‘Baya / NERPO-AFASA/
    3. SWAFCU (Swaziland); CoopLesotho (Lesotho)
  • Micro –

economic orientation; adequate organization, well trained management

    1. CFI – Co-operative Financial Institutions
    2. Bakery Co-operatives, -Groups
    3. Other Cooperatives (Agricultural-, Service-,Waste pickers -, Taxi-Cooperatives)


step 1Find out more about DGRV, our mission, history, afilliates and success stories....


Training Courses

training coursesOur in-house training courses are tailored to accommodate specific requirements such as corporate and bakery training...


Success Stories

step 3As a result of developing these diverse community projects we have gained essential experience in the various aspects of...