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Cooperative Research That Bridges the Gap Between Theory and Practice

The ICRG works closely with local researchers and cooperative development organizations to understand the conditions under which cooperatives flourish and provide the most financial and social well-being for their members.

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Mapping International Cooperative Development Programs

The MiCDP portal will be a valuable tool to increase the visibility of the prominent CDO programs. It is through these locally implemented programs that CDOs are transforming the fabric of local communities towards increased economic, social and environmental sustainability.

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From the Ground Up: Partnering with Cooperatives on Locally Led Development

When localization is the goal, cooperatives should be a top choice as a development partner!

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Cooperative Research Provides A Platform For Transformative Impact

The Year 4 Cooperative Research Education and Dissemination (CRED) Semi-Annual Report is now available!

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The Research Group Has A New Website!

We have updated our site to provide ease-of-access to a tremendous wealth of resources! Visit as long as you like, and then come back soon!

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Africa Policy Forum: Cooperative Resilience - What the Evidence Suggests

Co-Hosted by ICA Africa and OCDC International Cooperative Research Group.

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The cooperative development program

The Cooperative Development Program has fostered cooperatives as a viable and sustainable approach for building self-reliant communities.

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Join Us for the Cooperative Resilience: Evidence and Action Forum!

Tuesday, September 27th from 8:30 - 10:30 AM EST. Ever wonder how grassroots organizations faired during the pandemic? Join the ICRG on the 27th to learn more!

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MiCDP: Mapping a global network that builds up cooperative development locally

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) and the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) launched a joint online data platform displaying international development projects run by Cooperative Development Organisations (CDOs) across the world. Explore the portal here > The Mapping International Cooperative Development Programs (MiCDP) platform proves the great impact of CDOs at local and global Read More


Member Spotlight: Equal Exchange

For our December 2022 Member Spotlight, we hear from Dary Goodrich, Chocolate Products Manager at Equal Exchange. Grab a cup of Equal Exchange coffee or cocoa to enjoy while reading this blog and learning more about this worker-owned cooperative!• What is Equal Exchange?Since its founding in 1986, Equal Exchange has been a pioneer and U.S. Read More


The U.S. OCDC and its members co-sponsor the international track at NCBA CLUSA’s 2022 Cooperative IMPACT Conference

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) and its members were pleased to co-sponsor the international track at NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference for the fourth year. Made possible by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the event’s international track brought a global perspective that explored how cooperatives around the world are moving forward—together, Read More


Congratulations to Paul Hazen, OCDC Executive Director!

On October 6, 2022, Paul Hazen, OCDC Executive Director, was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. This well-deserved honor recognizes his commitment, both professionally and personally, to the cooperative model and values. He has devoted his career to elevating the cooperative voice domestically and internationally. You can view the Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee Read More


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Cooperative Research Group

A Center For Cooperative Research Excellence

Academic Rigor | Local Engagement |
Practical Application | Cooperative Excellence

The ICRG works closely with local researchers and cooperative development organizations, carrying out rigorous field-based reasearch, to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The ICRG’s reasearch model activity builds trust, ownership, and uptake of outcomes through engagement with key local stakeholders. This collaborative approach amplifies our research outcomes and helps to spread findings culturally, creating concentrated value for members that improves wellbeing and economic status!

Our Initiatives The ICRG Program of Work

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

Cooperative Law And Regulation: CLARITY

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The Cooperative Difference Member Portraits

Inclusion, equality, equity, and democracy arise when members form a cooperative.

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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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