1922, as International Cooperative Banking Committee -- Comité international des banques coopératives, with membership from 7 European consumer cooperative banks. In 1964 membership was opened to all cooperative banks and central cooperative credit organizations directly or indirectly affiliated to International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), of which it is a specialized body. Following 28th ICA Congress, 1984, Hamburg (Germany FR), became an international specialized organization of ICA, with the title International Co-operative Alliance Central Banking Committee -- Comité central des banques coopératives de l'Alliance coopérative internationale or ICA Central Banking Committee -- Comité central bancaire de l'ACI; also sometimes referred to as International Association of Cooperative Banks -- Association internationale coopérative bancaire. Present name adopted 1992.
Exchange information; promote cooperation among cooperative banks; advise and assist the development of new cooperative banks; carry out studies and research on subjects of common interest - capital formation, cooperative values as applied to banking.
ICBA shall be representative of co-operative financial institutions and co-operative banks, affiliated, directly or indirectly, to the International Co-operative Alliance, hereinafter referred to as ICA.
The ICBA shall initiate and encourage worldwide discussion and constructive resolution of the crucial issues that face co-operative financial institutions. It shall disseminate best practices amongst members and encourage co-operation between them.
The ICBA shall organize, collect, process and render the information on activity of ICBA and world’s co-operative banking subjects in a way to make possible a fast, efficient and active access to these data for ICBA members and other authorized organizations, especially the ICA and other co-operative organizations.
The ICBA shall set up and promote Regional Banking Committees hereinafter referred to as “RBCs”, covering different geographical areas as required by its members to act as a forum for discussion of regional and worldwide co-operative banking issues and questions.