The Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE) history dates back to 5th January 1963, when the Co-operative College Moshi started its operations catering for the training of human resources in the cooperative sector under the then Ministry of Co-operatives and Community Development. The main objective was to provide cooperative education to co-operators and the public. To achieve this objective, the Co-operative Education Centre (CEC) was established in July 1964 by an agreement between the Government of Tanganyika on behalf of the Co-operative Union of Tanganyika (CUT) and the Nordic Co-operative Consortium.
CEC aimed to carry out cooperative education through distance and field interventions to members, staff, committee members and employees of primary cooperative societies. As the policies and practices changed over time, CEC adjusted its programmes accordingly and expanded its operations from headquarters in Moshi to newly established Cooperative Wings (now called Regional Offices) in both Tanzania Mainland and Tanzania Island (Zanzibar). In 1993, CEC was transformed into the Directorate of Field Education (DFE) and operated up to 2004. Then the DFE changed to the Institute of Continuing Co-operative Development and Education (ICCDE). The current ICCE came into being in 2014 following the transformation of MUCCoBS to Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU).
These offices are in Mtwara, serving (Mtwara and Lindi regions); Mbeya (Mbeya, Rukwa and Songwe regions); Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions); Shinyanga (Shinyanga, Simiyu and Mara regions); Mwanza (Mwanza, Geita, and Kagera regions); Iringa (Iringa and Njombe regions), Dodoma (Dodoma and Morogoro regions); Coast (Coast, Dar-es-Salaam regions; Unguja and Pemba Islands); Singida (Singida and Manyara regions); Tabora (Tabora and Katavi regions); Ruvuma, Tanga and Kigoma. The ICCE continues to provide education and training to cooperatives, grassroots economic groups and the public at large in collaboration with various academic units of the University, such as faculties, directorates and departments.
The ICCE operates 13 Regional Offices, which cater for, among others, the provision of outreach services throughout Tanzania. ICCE is explicitly mandated to:
(a) Promote cooperative development through educating the rural and urban communities on cooperative theory and practice;
(b) Develop skills, knowledge and right attitudes through training, mentoring, coaching and advisory service to foster effective management and organization of cooperatives and other member-based organizations;
(c) Facilitate formation processes of cooperatives and other member-based organizations;
(d) Facilitate organization and technical support in production, value addition, collective bargaining and improved marketing of goods and services from cooperatives and other member-based organizations;
(e) Enable the community to fight poverty through training and institutional support through linkages, networking, advisory and consultancy services to the community and member-based organizations;
(f) Design and administer residential and distance learning programs;
(g) Develop and broadcast educational programmed through mass and social media;
(h) Organize and conduct gender-responsive programs aimed at creating favorable conditions for sustainable development for all;
(i) Enhance entrepreneurial and innovation culture and practices among cooperatives, communities, and other member-based organizations;
(j) Establish linkages, partnerships, and collaborations in providing education and training to the cooperative movement.
The Department collaborates with local and international institutions in running distance learning programmes. The Department collaborates with the Tanzania Co-operative Development Commission (TCDC), Savings and Credit Co-Operative Union League of Tanzania (SCCULT), Uganda Co-operative Alliance (UCA) and Eswatini Co-operative Development College (ECODEC). For example, in 2010, MUCCOBS signed five years Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uganda Co-operative Alliance (UCA) to extend PFCMP to Uganda. However, due to the declining number of students, the programme ceased in December 2015, having trained 485 graduates in Uganda. In 2020, MoCU signed five years MoU with Eswatini Co-operative Development College (ECODEC) to extend PFCMP in Eswatini. In its first year of operation for the academic year 2021/22, PFCMP registered 22 students (8 PGD and 14 (PC).
The Co-operative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Unit (CEIU) was officially established in 2015, following the establishment of Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU). MoCU, as a member of HiLINE, achieved and implemented a number of projects, including an assessment of the advocacy capacity of co-operative societies in Tanzania. MoCU likely implemented research and advocacy on microfinance, and enterprise development to co-operative societies in Tanzania and East Africa in collaboration with other partners. CEIC was established by the University to build capacity of co-operative members and entrepreneurs both locally and internationally. The Unit trains entrepreneurs, co-operative members, staff, and leaders in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their primary duties and manage their businesses. In order to carry out its activities, the unit collaborates closely with stakeholders in the co-operative sector
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).
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
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.