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Rita Panicker, Founder & Director, Butterfiles Named OCDC’S International Cooperative Innovation Award Winner

Rita Panicker, this year’s awardee founded the organization, Butterflies in 1989 in India to advance this mission. In 2001 Butterflies launched the children’s development Kazana a life-skills education program that educates children on democratic values and financial management. The Children’s Development Khazana is a cooperative managed and owned by children with total membership of over Read More



CDP partner, NRECA tapped by the Department of Energy to Advance “Essence”, the trade association’s cybersecurity tool.

Through a cooperative agreement with the DOE (Department of Energy) NRECA was awarded $6 million to further develop its cybersecurity tool known as Essence. The association will then deliver the cyber security tool to electric cooperatives nationwide. NRECA’s cyber security tool leverages “real-time anomaly detection to identify and warn of possible network breaches”. Further development of Read More



In The Beira Corridor, Land O’Lakes Venture 37 & USAID Demonstrate How Public-Private Partnerships Tackle the World’s Toughest Challenges

Over the last 25 years, American innovation and assistance has helped to cut extreme poverty in half and save millions of lives around the world while generating a significant return on investment for US Investors. The State Department, USAID, and America’s development agencies are engaging new partners, assembling private sector resources, and developing approaches to Read More



The Impacts of COVID-19 in The Agriculture Sector Go Beyond the Disruption of Global Food Systems, Regional Agriculture Value Chains, and Risk to Household Food Security.

By Kristy McCarville, Operations Associate, US Overseas Cooperative Development Council As policies began to restrict the freedom of movement and business operations, economic and social stressors aggravated pre-existing gender and societal hierarchies, leading to an uptick in gender-based violence (GBV). In the past, rural women have disproportionally been affected by health and economic crises, and Read More



WOCCU to Support Women’s Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment Worldwide

SENGAL April 2020 – August 2021. WOCCU is developing a Gender Lens Investment Methodology in Senegal that will elevate women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment worldwide.The financial backing for the project is provided by USAID INVEST, and USAID’s office of Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment and will be deployed through innovative blended finance approaches. These approaches Read More



This Year’s Dedicated International Programming is Available Free of Charge to Development Practitioners.

On October 8 and 9 from 10 am-noon each day, participants in the International Track of IMPACT 2020 will have the opportunity to be part of a fast-paced virtual gathering of cooperative community leaders from across the U.S. and around the world. In addition to outstanding keynote speakers, expect dynamic and engaging breakout sessions, opportunities Read More



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



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



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



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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