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What Difference Do Cooperatives Make? Global Outcomes Report

“What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” (WDDCM) is a four-year research project that looks at the difference that primary cooperative societies are making in the lives of their members across four countries – Kenya, Peru, Philippines, and Poland.

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What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Peru

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. This report is also available in Spanish through our Resource Library.

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What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Philippines

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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What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Kenya

This recently published study builds upon it's other country studies 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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What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Poland

This pilot study in Poland is the first in a series of country studies designed to understand the extent to which objective evidence will demonstrate that cooperatives provide a sound platform on which to base broad-based international development for sustainable, locally owned and institutionalized results.

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The International Cooperative Research Group is a division of OCDC which carries out an international cooperative research agenda focused on issues related to the impact and effectiveness of cooperatives in developing countries and emerging markets. The RG designs, directly undertakes and partners of academic and practitioner partners to carry out rigorous research that helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice.  It also fosters a learning community within OCDC and provides resources and information related to cooperative development to OCDC members and to the broader international cooperative and development community.

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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

CLARITY: Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative

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ICRG is currently undertaking several projects in collaboration with partner organizations, we seek to broaden the scope of methodologies used to understand the role and status of cooperatives. ICRG invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest. https://t.co/QeZJrPabP5

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RT @USAIDConnects: What difference do #cooperatives make? Our partner @usocdc surveyed more than 8,000 cooperative members in Kenya, Peru,…

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Announcing The OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award and Innovation Award Recipients!

The international cooperative community is full of people who inspire us through innovation, advocacy, leadership and the relentless spirit to affect positive change. Through the OCDC International Champion and Innovation awards we honor and recognize those leaders.  This year we are pleased to present the International Cooperative Champion Award to Paul Clark and the International Read More


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In Celebration of Co-Op Month the ICRG Presents 4 Member Portraits Throughout October

While celebrating October Co-op Month of Cooperatives, the ICRG is delighted to present another video featuring a member of cooperative whose life was positively impacted by membership. These profiles were developed as part of What Difference Do Cooperatives Make 4-country study giving members themselves an opportunity to tell their story. Meet Dolores – corn farmer from the Read More


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The U.S. OCDC and its members will co-sponsor the international track at this year’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference, October 4-8, 2021.

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council and its members are pleased to co-sponsor the International Track at this year’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference, October 4-8, 2021. This is a free opportunity to learn how cooperatives around the world are innovating for impact, strengthening communities and building resilience in the face of climate change. Opening session speakers Read More


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The Cooperative Difference – A series of Member Portraits

We are pleased to present 4 videos profiling stories of cooperative members from What Difference Do Cooperatives Make (WDDCM) counties: Peru, Kenya, Philippines and Poland. Whether joining an agricultural, housing, savings and loan, or electric cooperative, becoming a member positively changes the lives of individuals and their families. These are just a few stories, told Read More

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  • Data Analyst Consultant for International Cooperative Research October 29, 2021 by Research Group Submissions Due: November 29th, 2021 | The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) is an association comprised of cooperative development organizations committed to building a more prosperous world through co-operatives. The International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) is a division of OCDC that conducts original, collaborative, academically rigorous research that bridges the gap between theory and practice. More specifically, the ICRG carries out original, solution-oriented research and… Read More

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