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What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Global Evidence Summit

Registration is now open for the Global Evidence Summit, which will unveil the synthesis findings of the 4 country study seeking 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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Dr. Judith Hermanson, Isaac Nyamongo and Leah M Lucas chat with Everything Co-op host Vernon Oakes to discuss the ICRG’s four country study, “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make,” and the International Evidence Summit.

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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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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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OCDC’s International Cooperative Research Group Releases “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” Peru 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 Peru Country Study, which surveyed a representative sample of Read More


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Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Introducing the Study

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Pre-COVID-19, global progress had been made towards this goal both in policy and practice. Illustrative advances include decreasing the number of child brides and increasing awareness of girls’ rights to be spared from female genital mutilation (FGM), in Read More


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OCDC’s International Cooperative Research Group Releases “What Difference do Cooperatives Make?” Philippines 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 Philippines Country Study, which surveyed a Read More


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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, which surveyed a Read More

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  • CRED 31: OCDC/ICRG website user experience and user interface July 3, 2021 by Research Group Overview: International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) of the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) carries out research on the effectiveness and other aspects of cooperative development. One of the pillars of activity under our current USAID award – CRED – involves dissemination of research, tools, and learnings related to international cooperative development. The main point of dissemination for these materials is our website: ocdc.coop. The ICRG is… Read More

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