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Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Cooperatives as a Vehicle to Economic Opportunity

If you have not yet had a chance to read OCDC’s introductory blog post on the Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa (WEE-SSA) research initiative, listing key research partners, do check it out! This blog, the second in the WEE-SSA series, will draw a few key findings from the scoping study and discuss how cooperatives 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 approaches — and the courage to put them into action. The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) seeks to identify, recognize, and celebrate those international cooperative development innovators who continue to advance co-ops as a grassroots, Read More



International Cooperative Champion Award: Created by The US OCDC

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) has created the OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award to recognize a member that has made outstanding contributions through championing, promoting and advocating for effective, sustainable international cooperative development, particularly in low income and emerging economies. This prestigious annual award can go to an individual or individuals. Nominees must Read More



Collaborative Research for Cooperative Resilience: CR2

In the wake of the pandemic-impacted global economic decline, with serious impacts on livelihoods, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, the ICRG launched a call for proposals in June 2020 for collaborative research to investigate the business resilience of cooperatives during supply chain disruptions and other shocks, across geographies and value chains. The CR2 projects Read More



OCDC’s International Cooperative Research Group Releases “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” Peru Country Study.

The “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” research initiative is a comprehensive, evidence-based study that rigorously examines the impacts that cooperatives have on the lives of people who belong to cooperatives. It is the “first” study of its kind, using the same methods in Poland, Peru, Philippines and Kenya. The Peru Country Study, which surveyed a representative sample of Read More



Virtual Events in 2020 – increasing international inclusion, decreasing carbon footprints.

WFP Side Event. OCDC’s ICRG contributed to the 2020 World Food Prize Side Events by hosting a webinar, “Cooperatives Support Resilient Food Systems, Tackling the Challenges of COVID 19 and Climate Change.” This engaging panel highlighted the role of cooperatives in promoting resilience in communities and food systems, responding to the challenges of COVID 19 and Read More



Virtual Learning – scaling capacity of international teams to close skill gaps and better coordinate over remote platforms.

Annual Learning Event. OCDC’s International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) adapted its in-person Annual Learning Event to a three-day virtual conference. The 2020 Learning Event aimed to strengthen the OCDC CDO community while providing a space for participants to collaborate in small groups on critical topics related to the success of cooperatives, including gender and business Read More



Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Introducing the Study

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Pre-COVID-19, global progress had been made towards this goal both in policy and practice. Illustrative advances include decreasing the number of child brides and increasing awareness of girls’ rights to be spared from female genital mutilation (FGM), in Read More



OCDC’s International Cooperative Research Group Releases “What Difference do Cooperatives Make?” Philippines Country Study.

The “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” research initiative is a comprehensive, evidence-based study that rigorously examines the impacts that cooperatives have on the lives of people who belong to cooperatives.  It is the “first” study of its kind, using the same methods in Poland, Peru, Philippines and Kenya. The Philippines Country Study, which surveyed a Read More



OCDC’s International Cooperative Research Group Releases “What Difference do Cooperatives Make?” Kenya Country Study.

The “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” research initiative is a comprehensive, evidence-based study that rigorously examines the impacts that cooperatives have on the lives of people who belong to cooperatives.  It is the “first” study of its kind, using the same methods in Poland, Peru, Philippines and Kenya. The Kenya Country Study, which surveyed a Read More


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