Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE)

Overview of the ICCE

The Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE) is among the operational units of Moshi Co-operative University. Its history can be traced back from the year 1964 when it was known as Co-operative Education Centre (CEC). It was established by agreement between the Government of Tanganyika on behalf of the Co-operative Union of Tanganyika (CUT) and Nordic Co-operative Consortium. In 1972, CEC become the Technical Education Department of the CUT. Strategically, CUT placed CEC at the then Moshi Co-operative College and it became a twin organization under one leadership. The aim for establishing CEC was to provide co-operative education to members, staff, committee and board members of primary co-operative societies. In 1993, CEC was transformed into Department of Field Education (DFE). During the transformation of Moshi Co-operative College into Moshi University College of Co-operative and Business Studies (MUCCoBS), DFE was transformed into Institute of Continuing Co-operative Development and Education (ICCDE). In year 2014, ICCDE was transformed into Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE) as MUCCoBS transformed into a fully fledged university i.e. Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU).   

Dr. Gervas Machimu

Since its formation up to date, ICCE has championed MoCU functions through training, community services, research and consultancy across the country, mostly focusing on co-operatives and other member-based organizations and supporting institutions. ICCE discharges demand-oriented activities in training, research and community services in the co-operative and community development. ICCE’s activities are geared towards capacity building and empowerment of the targeted communities for sustainable livelihoods.

ICCE Functions

Specifically, ICCE does the following functions:

  • Promoting co-operative development through educating community members on co-operative theory and practice
  • Conducting needs assessment for community-based organizations, co-operatives and the general public
  • Facilitating formation processes of co-operatives and community and member-based organizations
  • Empowering members, managers and leaders of co-operatives and grassroots organizations to enhance their development through training, advisory services and linking them with development support institutions in order to fight against poverty and other social vulnerabilities
  • Organising and conducting seminars and workshops for; co-operative members, staff, committees and board members; pre-co-operative groups and other economic groups
  • Conducting distance learning programmes inside and outside the country
  • Organising and conducting short courses in various topical issues in co-operative and other organizations and individuals with interest to develop their capacity on respective areas
  • Organising and carrying out gender responsive programmes aimed at creating favourable conditions for sustainable development for all, including disadvantaged groups
  • Preparing training and operational materials for various clients including co-operatives, other socio-economic groups, CBOs, NGOs, individuals and others.


ICCE foresees revamped, empowered and sustainable co-operatives, member-based organizations and other self-help organizations that are capable of combating poverty and fulfilling members’ and general community socio-economic needs and aspirations.



The Mission of ICCE is in line with that of the University which is “To provide quality education, training, research and advisory services to enhance co-operative development”.


In fulfilling the Vision and Mission, ICCE is guided by the following MoCU core values: cooperation, objectivity, pursuit of excellence in service delivery, integrity and accountability, courtesy to all and social responsibility.

Departments and Centers under the ICCE

Department of Extension and Outreach Programmes

This department coordinates all 13 regional offices of the University. These regional offices are in Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Coast, Mtwara, Ruvuma, Iringa, Mbeya, Kigoma, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Tabora, Singida and Dodoma. Through these regional offices, the department is responsible for designing and implementing practical oriented interventions through extension and outreach services that will help to promote sustainable development of people and their local organizations in grassroots communities. The department also coordinates the volunteering and custodianship programmes for co-operatives and other member-based organizations.

Department of Gender and Development

Promotion of gender equality and equity in the development process is among the key issues of the University. Therefore, the Department of Gender and Development is responsible for spearheading all gender issues in University and interventions in local communities and organizations we interact. The department also coordinates all gender-based programmes organized and implemented by the 13 regional offices throughout the country. The department executes its goals through provision of education and training, counselling as well as advisory, research and consultancy services.

Department of Distance Education

this Department was established for the purpose of conducting open and distance learning (ODL) programmes to various stakeholders within and outside the country. The coordinated programmes are at the elementary, certificate and postgraduate levels. It is also responsible for disseminating co-operative education materials to various stakeholders in the movement. The department targets provision of education to stakeholders at the grassroots level who could otherwise not attend education provided through conventional approach. Further, the department prepares and airs radio programmes to the public. There are three supporting units in the department which are; Professional Financial Co-operative Management Programme (PFCMP), Correspondence Unit and Radio Unit.

Supporting Units

Professional Financial Co-operative Management Programme (PFCMP)

Description:The unit coordinates promotion, registration and teaching of students for various PFCMP programmes. It also coordinate setting, invigilation and marking of examinations held in regional offices

Coordinate programmes – Foundation Certificate in SACCOS Management
– Professional Certificate in SACCOS management
*Programme duration is 9 months and tuition fee is Tshs 700,000/=
– Postgraduate Diploma in SACCOS Management *Programme duration is 18 months and tuition fee is Tshs 1,800,000/=

Correspondence Unit

Description:The unit coordinates programmes which mainly target leaders and staffs in co-operative organizations

Coordinate programmes – Programu ya Utunzaji wa Vitabu vya Hesabu za Vyama vya Ushirika vya Msingi (PUVU)
– Programu ya Ushirika, Uongozi na Usimamizi wa Chama cha Ushirika cha Msingi (PUU)
– Programmu ya Menejimenti ya Ushirika wa Akiba na Mikopo (PMAM)
– Astashahada ya Misingi ya Uchumi na Ushirika (AMU)
*Programme duration depends on students’ efforts and tuition fee is Tshs 450,000/=

Radio Unit

Description:This unit is critical in the department as it helps reaching many stakeholders at a convenience and minimal cost through radio broadcast. It prepare and air different radio programmes covering issues of co-operatives and community development across the country.

Coordinate programmesThe unit runs a 15 minutes programme titled “Tuimarishe Ushirika” through Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TCB) using TBC Taifa Radio. The programme is aired on Friday from 07:15 to 07:30 P.M.

Co-operative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (CEIC)

The Co-operative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (CEIC) was established as a result of collaborative efforts between Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) and Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Humber ITAL). CEIC was officially launched in year 2009 with the essence of building capacity of co-operative entrepreneurs locally and internationally, and to equip the communities with entrepreneurial skills and knowledge. The main services offered by CEIC include the following;

  • Providing practical entrepreneurial training to the students
  • Business planning and development
  • Business counselling
  • Training co-operatives, socio-economic groups and individuals on entrepreneurial skills
  • Conducting needs assessment studies
  • Providing organisational development support to various business
  • Developing training and operational materials for various business initiatives
  • Conducting baseline studies

Residential Programmes and Short Courses Coordinated by ICCE

Residential Programmes

Currently the Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE) has two residential programmes. These are; Certificate in Enterprise Development (CED) and Certificate in Coffee Quality and Trade (CQT).

Short Courses Offered under ICCE

In different periods, the ICCE offers different short course training. These courses are offered directly by ICCE and in collaboration with other academic departments of MoCU. The short courses are targeting co-operatives, socio-economic groups, CBOs, FBOs, NGOs personnel, local government officers, business persons, students and other individuals interested to develop their capacity in various aspects. The ICCE offers short courses in the following areas:
• Formation, management and leadership for Co-operatives and members-based organizations
• Microfinance development and management
• Business and strategic planning
• Gender, youths and development
• Entrepreneurship development and management
• Writing and managing development projects and programmes
• Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programmes
• Community organizing and intervention techniques
• Participatory development planning
• Conducting baseline survey and Needs assessment studies
• Formation, development and management of social organizations and economic groups
• Innovation management
• Agribusiness and value chain
• Retail business management
• Sustainable livelihood and community market linkages
• Co-operative Accounting and Auditing
• Warehouse Receipt Systems
• Taxation in Co-operative Organizations
• Online Marketing
• Adult Training Methodology

Customized/Tailor made Programmes

The Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE) also offers a wide range of tailor made programmes based on the needs of the customers. These programmes can be in form of training, consultation sessions and provision of operational manuals to support execution of activities done individual and organizational customers. The tailor-made programmes are developed and offered based on the areas of competence of ICCE and Moshi Co-operative University in general.

ICCE Areas of Competence

ICCE Areas of Competence

ICCE areas of competence are centred on the following aspects;
 Co-operative enterprise business development and management
 Organizational development (OD)
 Formation and strengthening of co-operatives and microfinance institutions
 Establishing income generating activities
 Lobbying and advocacy
 Gender, Youths and development
 Participatory approaches and community intervention techniques
 Entrepreneurship development and management
 Development Project and programme planning and management
 Business and strategic plan development
 Baseline surveys and needs assessment
 Facilitation and moderation of workshops
 Coaching and mentoring of social and business organizations
 Innovation management
 Agribusiness and value chain
 Retail business management
 Sustainable livelihood and market linkages

Networking and Collaborations

Networking and Collaborations

Since its formation and decades of operations, ICCE has been collaborating with various organisations from within and outside Tanzania. Within Tanzania, ICCE works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries as well as Local Government Authorities, Tanzania Federation of Co-operatives (TFC), Tanzania Co-operative Development Commission (TCDC), Co-operative Audit and Supervision Corporation (COASCO), Savings and Credit Union League of Tanzania (SCULT), Health Actions Promotion Association (HAPA), Small Entrepreneur Loan Facility (SELF), SEMA and VIFAFI. It also works with Co-operative Unions, various types of primary co-operatives, other member-based organizations and local NGOs. Also internationally, ICCE has been working with; International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), NORAD, IFAD, Swiss Contact, Swedish Co-operative Centre, Canadian Co-operative Association, VECO East Africa (Tanzania), ILO/Coop Africa, Agha Khan Foundation, Oxfam, WWF, CARITAS, TACARE, ACCORD Tanzania and others.