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New Online Cooperative Data Platform

US OCDC and the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) to create an online data platform displaying international development projects run by CDOs

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Paul Hazen To Be Inducted Into The 2022 Cooperative Hall Of Fame!

Announcing the 2022 Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees and introducing Unsung Cooperative Heroes.

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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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RWANDA: TRADING PLACES – ENHANCING THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC WORK BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN

In Rwanda, Land O’Lakes Venture37 (Venture37) is working with agricultural cooperatives to address gender barriers and power dynamics that negatively affect women’s participation in cooperatives, both as members and leaders, and within their households. To empower both men and women through USAID’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP), Venture37 hosted a Trading Places exercise as a transformative Read More


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Uganda: Cooperatives Provide Sustainable Health Care

In rural Uganda, out-of-pocket health care costs are so high that patients often go into debilitating debt to receive treatment. To address this issue, USAID/Uganda provided low-cost vouchers to women that could be redeemed for prenatal care, delivery, and postpartum wellness checks for newborns and mothers. When this program ended last year, it left a Read More


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Mapping International Cooperative Development Programs: New Online Cooperative Data Platform

Cooperatives play a major role in creating an inclusive and sustainable economy around the world.  To demonstrate the impact of Cooperative Development Organizations (CDOs) in international cooperative development, the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) and the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) join forces to create an online global data platform displaying international development projects run Read More


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Paul Hazen to be Inducted into the 2022 Cooperative Hall of Fame!

Announcing the 2022 Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees and introducing Unsung Cooperative Heroes. On October 6, 2022, four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s most prestigious honor, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The inductees are: Paul Hazen, Executive Director, U.S. Read More

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The International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) 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 ICRG designs, directly undertakes and partners with academics and practitioners 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

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¿Qué Diferencia Marcan las Cooperativas?: Informe de Resultados Globales

“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. The research was designed to examine the hypothesized “cooperative difference,” if any, across sectors, and to present its


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The Cooperative Context in the Philippines: A Review of the Historical, Legal and Regulatory Environment

This Cooperatives in the Philippines – Context Study was prepared under an OCDC International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) collaboration with Global Communities. It is a companion study to the primary research carried out in the Philippines as part of the ICRG’s four-country study “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” Its purpose is to provide an understanding


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The Cooperative Context in Peru: A Review of the Historical, Legal and Regulatory Environment

The following cooperative country context study intends to provide an overview of the present-day situation of the Peruvian cooperative movement, reviewing co-operative history in Peru, and referencing the legal and institutional framework surrounding it. The study assesses the impact of the cooperative sector in Peru’s economic and social realms, its role in job creation and


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Cooperative Development in Philippines: A Legacy of USAID Assistance

Through the Legacy Study Series, the International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) has sought to capture USAID’s programmatic influence through its investments in cooperative development. In conjunc-tion with other studies carried out in Poland, Kenya, Philippines, and Peru under the ICRG’s “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” (WDDCM) research


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