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Africa Policy Forum: Cooperative Resilience - What the Evidence Suggests

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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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Member Spotlight: GENEX

Member Spotlights is a new series OCDC started to showcase our diverse members, cooperative development organizations.  This month, read the interview with Marcel Petrutiu, Director of Global Development at GENEX: 1. What is GENEX? GENEX is a farmer owned cooperative focused on cattle genetic improvement. GENEX is dedicated to providing our member-owners and customers – Read More


Glimpse how co-op members are celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Day of Cooperatives

On July 2, the International Day of Cooperatives celebrates a milestone anniversary — 100 years of building a better world through cooperatives. The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) and its member organizations invite you to join in the celebration through a glimpse of how lives have been changed through membership in locally managed and Read More


Call for Nominations: 2022 OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) is launching a call for nominations for its annual OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award . This award was created to recognize a member or partner that has made outstanding contributions through championing, promoting and advocating for effective, sustainable international cooperative development, particularly in low income and emerging economies. Read More


Call for Nominations: 2022 OCDC International Cooperative Innovation Award

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) is launching a call for nominations for its annual OCDC International Cooperative Innovation Award. There is nothing cookie-cutter about creating a more equitable and sustainable world. It takes new ideas, new strategies, new approaches — and the courage to put them into action. OCDC seeks to identify, recognize, 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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Cooperatives Adapt to Climate Change Part III: Measuring and Reducing Methane Emissions

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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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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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  • CRED_42: Request for Expression of Interest- Creative Commons / Intellectual Property – Closing Date Extended April 15, 2022 by Research Group SOLICITATION TYPE: REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST | SOLICITATION NO.: CRED_42 | DATE OF ISSUANCE: April 15, 2022 | CLOSING DATE: May 27, 2022 Consultancy on Creative Commons Licenses The International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) is requesting expressions of interest from individual consultants and firms to provide advice on Intellectual property (IP) and Creative Commons Licensing and its use in the context of ICRG’s activities.… Read More

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