Welcome to U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council

OCDC brings together organizations committed to building a more prosperous world through cooperatives. Its mission is to champion, advocate and promote effective international cooperative development.

OCDC's members are: ACDI/VOCA, Global Communities, Cooperative Resources International, HealthPartners, Land O'Lakes International Development, NCBA CLUSA, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the World Council of Credit Unions.

Income Development

income development

Cooperatives provide access to credit, rural electrification, health care services, food production and marketing technical assistance, housing, new-business support — all of which contribute to income development and security. Learn more.


food security

Cooperatives sustain smallholder farmers by helping them improve production, quality and access to markets and credit. This strengthens food security by making more and better food available in a broader range of markets. Learn more.


Democracy Building

Becoming a member of cooperative may be the first opportunity an individual has to participate in the democratic process such as making consensus decisions and electing leaders through one member/one vote. Learn more.