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International Cooperative Innovation Award

There is nothing cookie-cutter about creating a more equitable and sustainable world. It takes new ideas, new strategies, new models — and the courage to put them into action. The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council wants to identify, recognize, and celebrate those international cooperative development innovators who continue to advance co-ops as a grassroots, sustainable Read More

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Post-pandemic: Cooperatives must lead on Climate Action, Creating new Opportunities

By Paul Hazen, Executive Director, U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council July 4 is Independence Day in the United States; it’s also the International Day of Cooperatives 2020. These are two of my favorite holidays because I can celebrate my country and the cooperative movement at the same time. Cooperatives are as American as apple pie Read More

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Cooperative Development in Poland: A Legacy of USAID Assistance.

Cooperative Development: USAID commissioned the International Cooperative Research Group (RG) of OCDC to carry out a legacy study to examine what, if any, lasting effects of the USAID assistance to cooperatives can be seen in Poland today, nearly 20 years after its conclusion. The RG carried out this study as a complement to the countrywide Read More

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International Cooperative Development: A proven business model for economic opportunity and stability through public-private partnerships.

By Paul Hazen, Executive Director, US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC). This article was originally published as a letter to introduce the incoming Trump Administration to the ongoing work and achievements of its members. “One of our strengths that should catch the attention of the new Administration is our focus on public-private partnerships to cost-effectively Read More

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APS: Collaborative Research for Cooperative Resilience

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC), brings together nine organizational members committed to building a more prosperous world through cooperatives. Its mission is to champion, advocate, and promote effective international cooperative development. The RG is a division of OCDC that is spearheading the implementation of OCDC’s USAID-funded initiative, Cooperative Research, Education & Dissemination (CRED). Read More

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Black Lives Matter: OCDC Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community

Friends and Allies, I write to you in solidarity. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many other Black Lives have left our community, our people, and our world with profound outrage and grief. The Black community is subjected daily to profiling, inequality, and violence from a system that pushes down and out. Read More

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RFA: Research with Land O’Lakes

Land O’Lakes Venture37 invites applications from qualified researchers from consultant, and academic or private sector research institutions in Malawi and Rwanda to design and conduct a study examining which revenue models would sustainably support an apex organization. This request for applications is based on an open, competitive call for applications. If you decide to submit Read More

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Request for Proposal – Peru Short Study

** SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED** New deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday, June 10, 2020, by 5 pm EST.  Please scroll down for link to Q&A The International Cooperative Research Group (Research Group) of the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) has embarked on a multi-year, multi-country cross-sector regional research study on the effects that Read More

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Request for Proposals – Remote Management & Collaboration Training Design

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC), brings together nine organizational members committed to building a more prosperous world through cooperatives. Its mission is to champion, advocate, and promote effective international cooperative development. The International Cooperative Research Group (RG) is a division of OCDC that is spearheading the implementation of OCDC’s USAID-funded initiative, Cooperative Research, Read More

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Globalization is inevitable; inequality impacts are not! By Judith Hermanson, Director, OCDC’s Research Group.

This article was first published by Dr. Hermanson in 2018. Given the current global climate, we decided to revisit the discussion on how the Cooperative model can offset inequality impacts through collective action and community engagement. The conversation about globalization has taken on new dimensions since I wrote this, with the rise of populism and Read More

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