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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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Second Annual Research Forum on Cooperative Development Programs

Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2019) – OCDC and the International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) are proud to announce a successful Research Forum touting the resilience of the cooperative model, and its cooperative development programs. Held at the National Press Club, this event hosted representatives from USAID, IFAD, and the USDA, among other distinguished guests and Read More

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Cooperative Community Building

For Inquiry: Samuel Connors Contact: sconnors@ocdc.coop June 12, 2019 OCDC Executive Director Paul Hazen writes for NCBA CLUSA‘s Spring 2019 issue of the Cooperative Business Journal. Hazen discusses how the cooperative business model, powered by the Cooperative Development Program (CDP) from USAID, catalyzes value chain growth and decent work in developing nations worldwide. You can Read More

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Reflections on “What Capital is Missing in African Cooperatives?”

By, Kristin Wilcox, Global Communities, Technical Specialist, Cooperative Enterprise and Inclusive Business This blog has been adapted from Ms. Wilcox’s remarks as a respondent on Dr. Nicola Francesconi’s paper commissioned by OCDC Research Group and OXFAM UK. The lack of managerial capital, or management strategies, is a complex issue present in the development of co-operatives. Read More

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What’s the impact of Kenyan co-operatives?

This article was originally written by Scott Bellows and published on Business Daily Africa On Tuesday this week, Kenya witnessed the launch of the new multi-million-dollar five-year Co-operative Leadership Engagement Advocacy and Research (CLEAR) programme of Global Communities funded by USAid. Governor Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni, Mary Mungai of the State Department of Co-operatives, US Read More

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What Difference Do Cooperatives Make? Poland.

As part of the global celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives, OCDC’s International Cooperative Research Group is releasing a major research report. This report documents the sustainable cooperative development that has taken place in Poland since market reforms were instituted in the early 1990s. What Difference Do Cooperatives Make? shows that cooperatives in Poland Read More

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USAID grants $60 million for co-op development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), recently awarded $60 million over five years (2019 – 2023) for the Cooperative Development Program (CDP).  Ten U.S.-based cooperative organizations will share in the funding that promotes sustainability and self-reliance through local ownership using cooperatives as a proven business model. The CDP fuels the work of OCDC members Read More

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What does sustainability look like 17 years later? A return to Poland

At the heart of global development is the question of sustainability. How can we ensure that our investments in emerging economies have a positive impact beyond the end of program funding? Development programs funded by institutional donors or foundations tend to have a limited lifespan – three or five years, for example. After that, the Read More

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Globalisation is inevitable; inequality impacts are not!

Globalisation, like rock and roll (as they say), is ‘here to stay.’ Despite outcries against it (including through political expression) and the real damaging effects that it has had in some markets and economies, the power and potential of globalisation means that the clock will not be turned back. At least not entirely. However, while Read More

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Research Group adds RFP for Philippines

The Research Group (RG) of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) announced a new request for proposals (RFP) for expansion into the Philippines of a multi-year, multi-country, cross-sector regional research study on the effects cooperatives have on the social and economic well-being of individuals and their broader effects on the communities where they are Read More

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