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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

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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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News Release – OCDC Inaugural International Champion Award

For Immediate Release Contact: Samuel Connors, Program Assistant U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council 202-957-9298 US OCDC Launches New Champion Award at NCBA CLUSA’s IMPACT Conference in Virginia. Arlington, Virginia (October 4, 2019) – OCDC and the International Cooperative Research Group are pleased to announce the introduction of a new award, the International Champion Award. This Read More

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News Release – CLLE Conducted in Kenya

For Immediate Release Contact: Ashley Holst, Senior Research Associate U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council 202-957-9298 US OCDC Conducts New Cooperative Leadership and Learning Event in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi, Kenya (August 24, 2019) – The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council International Cooperative Research Group is pleased to announce the successful launch of a newly innovated activity: Read More

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News Release – International Coop Day 2019

For Immediate Release Contact: Paul Hazen, Executive Director U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council 202-957-9298 Coops 4 Decent Work – International Cooperative Day 2019 Washington, D.C. (July 6, 2019) The United States is home to over 40,000 cooperatives with 120 million members. Most people in other countries are surprised to learn that the US has so Read More

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News Release – Increased Funds for International Cooperative Development

For Immediate Release Paul Hazen, Executive Director U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council Congress Increases Funds for International Cooperative Development Washington, D.C. (May 30, 2019) The U.S House of Representatives Appropriations Committee recently approved the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill, increasing annual funding for the Cooperative Development Program (CDP) to $14.5 million, a Read More

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Testimony in Support of USAID’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP)

Paul Hazen, Executive Director U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council In the FY2020 State-Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Bill. The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) is requesting $17 million for the FY2020 Cooperative Development Program (CDP) of the Development Assistance account in the FY2020 State-Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations bill. For more than Read More

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NRECA International Awarded Contract for Electric Cooperative Feasibility Study in Nigeria And Ethiopia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2019 Contact: Zuraidah Hoffman | 571-488-7601 NRECAInternational.coop | @NRECAIntl NRECA International Awarded Contract for Electric Cooperative Feasibility Study in Nigeria And Ethiopia ARLINGTON, Va. – NRECA International, an affiliate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, today announced a contract with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to explore the feasibility Read More

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Congress increases funds for international co-op development

After weeks of intense negotiations, the U.S. Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017 that increases funds for cooperative development. Congress added $1 million to the international Cooperative Development Program (CDP) grants, bringing the total available in FY17 to $12 million. The CDP supports public-private partnerships between U.S. cooperatives and cooperative development Read More

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