Having the registration process and
requirements that are easy and affordable is one thing, and having the entire process
that supports cooperative performance is yet another. This study intended to establish
the influence of the registration process and requirements on the performance of
the cooperative societies. The study adopted a descriptive research design using
a mix method paradigm.12.6% of the total cooperatives in the Central province of
Zambia were sampled from 16% of the total districts in the province. A total of
210 respondents were arrived at through purposive and systematic random sampling
techniques. The desk review, semi-structured questionnaires with a reliability test
of Cronbach's Alpha of 0.890, and interview schedules were the instruments
used to collect data. The data were analyzed qualitatively using themes and quantitatively
using descriptive statistics using SPSS Version 22. The study reveals that cooperative
registration requirements are affordable, and the process is easy but hardly supports
the cooperative growth and performance. The study, therefore, recommends the revision
of the registration process being used so as to enhance cooperative performance
and eventually bring about social and economic development in rural Zambia.
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