OCDC, the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, is a group of nine cooperative development organizations: ACDI/VOCA, Global Communities (formerly CHF International), Communications Cooperative International, Cooperative Resources International, HealthPartners, Land O'Lakes International Development, National Cooperative Business Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International and the World Council of Credit Unions.
The involvement of U.S. cooperative organizations in overseas activities grew out of the conviction that cooperative techniques, which have helped millions of Americans, could be adapted to help poor and low-income people in developing countries achieve a better way of life.
OCDC members are global leaders in cooperative development in Africa, Latin America and Asia and apply their expertise and approaches in a wide range of settings and countries. With multi-year projects in over 70 countries, OCDC members implement the largest portfolio of cooperative development programs in the world. OCDC members have been development partners with the U.S. government for more than 40 years, but receive funding from other sources as well.
The ongoing focus of OCDC’s members is to lift people in developing countries from poverty through income development, food security and democracy building.