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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



Joy Doronila Palmada, 2022 International Cooperative Innovation Award Recipient

This year the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council is pleased to present the International Cooperative Innovation Award to Joy Doronila Palmada. She has a long history of cooperative development in her district of the Philippines, dating back to 1990 when she helped form a marginalized group of market vendors into a cooperative in Pavia, Iloilo Read More



Announcing The 2022 OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award Recipient

This year we are pleased to present the OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award to Professor Isaac Nyamongo, Deputy Vice Chancellor Cooperative Development, Research and Innovation at the Cooperative University of Kenya. The award was formally announced at the 2022 Cooperative IMPACT Conference on October 6, 2022. You can view the recording of the award presentation Read More



Member Spotlight: A Chat with Global Communities

The 2022 IMPACT Conference offered our community a chance to hear from Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President and CEO of Global Communities, a global development organization working at the intersection of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and financial inclusion to save lives, advance equity and secure strong futures. At the conference, Hessler-Radelet spoke favorably of cooperatives and locally Read More



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

From The Ground Up: Partnering with Cooperatives on Locally Led Development is a White Paper by the United States Overseas Cooperative Development Council 2022. Cooperatives empower local people and institutions to own the planning, implementation, and evaluation of their own sustainable development. When localization is the goal, cooperatives should be a top choice as a Read More



Want to know more about the cooperative difference? Learn through our cooperative member portraits.

Together with USAID, US OCDC and the ICRG have produced a series of intimate video portraits demonstrating the impact cooperatives have had on the lives of individual members. The series was originally conceived to be shared as a demonstration during ICA’s 2021 World Cooperative Conference of impact and deepening of cooperative identity of members working Read More



Read The Year 4 Cooperative Research Education and Dissemination (CRED) Semi-Annual Report

One of the key lessons that we have learned during CRED is that research brings focus to cooperative development and provides a platform for dialogue. Bringing together stakeholders and decision-makers allows us to create opportunities for informed decision- making. The power of data extends beyond the data itself, through convening people, encouraging local uptake through Read More



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


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