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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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Assessing Cooperative Training Needs In Developing Countries

Assessing Cooperative Training Needs. It is widely known that a competent board of directors is an important factor in cooperative success. However, directors of local cooperatives in developing countries may be unfamiliar with democratic governance processes and the skills needed for effective directing. While there are significant impediments to good cooperative governance (e.g., inadequate training, Read More

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COVID-19: THE GENDERED PANDEMIC IN KENYA

Presented by: CLEAR Kenya, Global Communities. Written by Federick Buagah, Technical Specialist, Gender. And, by Ashley Holst, Technical Specialist, Cooperatives & Inclusive Business. Blog #1: Covid-19: Gendered Social Distancing.  COVID-19 is driving new meaning to rationally held social norms especially those surrounding gender relations. Gender norms as triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic are an issue that Read More

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Covid-19 Update: Fair trade premiums at Finca Triunfo Verde

A Letter from Julia Baumgartner, Cooperative Development Program Manager, Equal Exchange. Hey everyone, I wanted to share a little glimmer of good news from Finca Triunfo Verde in Chiapas, Mexico. We’ve been in close communication these last few weeks as the Covid-19 outbreak was just beginning. Our CDP team cancelled our trip and returned home, Read More

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Covid 19: The Cooperative Difference in Action.

During this time, we’d like to take a moment to demonstrate the value of having a business model focusing on Concern for the Community, Cooperative Principle Number 7. What our CDOs are doing: this excel matrix provides an overview of the response from our cooperative development organizations as they work to combat COVID-19 around the Read More

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COVID-19: Cooperative Development Organizations

USAID Guidance to Implementing Partners: general information for reference by USAID project implementers. ICRG Gender Based Violence Strategy Guide: this document provides information to help plan activities addressing increases in GBV as a result of COVID-19. ICRG Food Security Strategy Guide: this document provides information necessary to planning activities related to food insecurity as a Read More

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COVID-19: Cooperatives

We have curated this information is to help coop leaders guide and communicate with their community members.  Cooperatives provide a trusted voice in their neighborhoods. This resource provides accurate and timely knowledge for that voice. Please consider the context of how far along the outbreak has progressed in your particular region/country. ILO Resources for Cooperatives: Read More

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COVID-19: Resources Page

We have curated a set of guides & guidance for coops to navigate this difficult time. Concern for Community This is truly a cooperative moment where cooperative principle 7 must be the focus. History has shown us that collaborative, mutually supportive communities are the ones that are most successful at sustainably recovering from large disasters. Read More

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The cooperative development business model in Kenya is stress-tested and self-correcting.

In Kenya there is a positive attitude towards the cooperative development business model and the cooperative brand is well recognized. Research by the weekly magazine ‘The East African’ shows that 75% of people preferred dealing with co-ops because they fairly price their products. In the words of CAK President (The Cooperative Alliance of Kenya Limited): Read More

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The Cooperative Difference in Kenya: An Important factor in gender equality.

The promise cooperatives hold for women, economic empowerment.“The power latent within cooperatives comes from their focus on both social and economic outcomes for their members and their adherence to a common set of principles, which include democratic control and economic participation”(Hotel, 2019). Data from The International Cooperative Research Group’s “What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Kenya.” Read More

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