What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Kenya

This newly published study seeks to understand the extent to which cooperatives provide a sound platform on which to build broad-based international development for sustainable, locally owned and institutionalized results.

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Cooperative Development in Poland: A Legacy of USAID Assistance Identifying Processes and Policies Conducive to Cooperative Development in Africa Measuring Cooperative Success: New Challenges and Opportunities in Low-and Middle-Income Countries
409,522 Members of CDP Cooperatives and Credit Unions
CDP Implemented in 14 Countries
8 New Regulations Drafted in CDP Countries
Over $6 Million of New Revenue through Public Private Partnerships

Source: USAID Cooperative Development Program data, 2017

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Congress Endorses Cooperative Development Program: Increases annual funding for the FY21 Cooperative Development Program (CDP) to $18.5 million Press Release:

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OCDC’s International Cooperative Research Group Releases What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?

Kenya Country Study   The “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” research initiative is a comprehensive, evidence-based study that rigorously examines the impacts that cooperatives have on the lives of people who belong to cooperatives.  It is the “first” study of its kind, using the same methods in Poland, Peru, Philippines and Kenya. The Kenya Country Study, Read More


Congress Endorses Cooperative Development Program

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Paul Hazen, executive director 202-261-3558 Washington, D.C. (December 23, 2020) The U.S Congress recently passed, and President Donald Trump signed, fiscal 2021 appropriations packages, increasing annual funding for the FY21 Cooperative Development Program (CDP) to $18.5 million, a $1.5 million increase from the last spending bill. “The Read More


Andrea Walsh, CEO of OCDC Member HealthPartners Named Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s 2021 Executive of The Year.

Andrea Walsh is the President and CEO of HealthPartners Inc., and has been named the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s 2021 Executive of the Year. Headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, CDP Member, HealthPartners offers health insurance, care and do work in education and research. Founded in 1957 HealthPartners has been member-governed since the beginning, and their Read More


Rita Panicker, Founder & Director, Butterfiles Named OCDC’S International Cooperative Innovation Award Winner

Rita Panicker, this year’s awardee founded the organization, Butterflies in 1989 in India to advance this mission. In 2001 Butterflies launched the children’s development Kazana a life-skills education program that educates children on democratic values and financial management. The Children’s Development Khazana is a cooperative managed and owned by children with total membership of over Read More

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  • Call for Applicants: Research Assistant December 8, 2020 by Research Group International Cooperative Research Group & The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council Download the PDF for This Opportunity Call for Applicants: Research Assistant International Cooperative Research Group U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) This position is ideally suited for a recent graduate degree holder (MS, PhD or ABD PhD candidate) interested in applying quantitative and other research skills to support OCDC’s mission to pioneer practical solutions to… Read More

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