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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



MEXICO: CROP DIVERSIFICATION TOWARDS FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

According to research by the University of Vermont (UVM), smallholder coffee producers in Mesoamerica experience food insecurity from 2.5 to 8 months of the year. Usually during the rainy season, landslides and blocked roads reduce access to food markets, coffee profits decrease, and households consume their food reserves. UVM’s findings ultimately showed that coffee farmers Read More



OCDC AND OUR MEMBERS WILL SHOWCASE THE RELEVANCE, VERSATILITY AND ROLE OF CO-OPS IN LOCALIZATION ON MARKETLINKS – JOIN US THIS JUNE!

Agriculture and food security, democracy, human rights and governance, economic growth and trade, environment and global climate change, gender and women’s empowerment. What sectors do you work in? Whatever they may be, in the quest to increase local efforts for a more resilient, prosperous, democratic and inclusive world, there has never been a better time Read More



Call for Nominations: 2022 OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) is launching a call for nominations for its annual OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award . This award was created to recognize a member or partner that has made outstanding contributions through championing, promoting and advocating for effective, sustainable international cooperative development, particularly in low income and emerging economies. Read More



Call for Nominations: 2022 OCDC International Cooperative Innovation Award

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) is launching a call for nominations for its annual OCDC International Cooperative Innovation Award. There is nothing cookie-cutter about creating a more equitable and sustainable world. It takes new ideas, new strategies, new approaches — and the courage to put them into action. OCDC seeks to identify, recognize, Read More



RWANDA: TRADING PLACES – ENHANCING THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC WORK BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN

In Rwanda, Land O’Lakes Venture37 (Venture37) is working with agricultural cooperatives to address gender barriers and power dynamics that negatively affect women’s participation in cooperatives, both as members and leaders, and within their households. To empower both men and women through USAID’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP), Venture37 hosted a Trading Places exercise as a transformative Read More



Uganda: Cooperatives Provide Sustainable Health Care

In rural Uganda, out-of-pocket health care costs are so high that patients often go into debilitating debt to receive treatment. To address this issue, USAID/Uganda provided low-cost vouchers to women that could be redeemed for prenatal care, delivery, and postpartum wellness checks for newborns and mothers. When this program ended last year, it left a Read More


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