Sustainable Self-Reliant


about the cdp

The Cooperative Development Program and OCDC have fostered cooperatives as viable and sustainable approach for building self-reliant communities in developing countries

OCDC members carry out the largest portfolio of cooperative development programs in the world, building local institutions driven by local needs

The CDP is the only program within USAID that focuses on cooperatives, and it powers OCDC’s members activities in developing countries

Since 1961, the CDP and OCDC have supported co-ops serving 130 million people, lifting them from poverty, building a more prosperous world

CDP Reports and Papers

Why cooperatives?

Results show co-ops are making measurable difference in the lives of members, bot economically and socially.

Key findings include 83% report cooperative membership has positively affected their economic position

54% report they have received both economic and social benefit from cooperative memberships

47% report earning above-average income compared to the general public.

Cooperatives work


By Research

In Peru

Co-op members have incomes




those who are not members



Are more trusted

citizens in their

respective communities



of Members

Agree or strongly agree

their membership benefits

them economically


The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council

Committed to building a more just and prosperous world through cooperatives. OCDC brings together nine organizations committed to building a more prosperous world through cooperatives. Its mission is to champion, advocate and promote effective international cooperative development.

Our history

In 1962, the U.S Agency for International Development undertook a study of cooperative development. From that study came a committee of U.S. cooperative organizations.

Our vision

OCDC envisions a world where people in all countries have the opportunity to work together through cooperatives to create a better life for themselves and their communities.

Our mission

The mission of OCDC is to champion, advocate and promote effective international cooperative development to build stable, scalable self-reliant communities.

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Cooperatives Improve Livelihoods

On behalf of the International Cooperative Alliance, we strongly welcome the study, ‘WDDCM?’

One of the reasons we’d like to place specific attention on this study is methodological, it focuses on four different countries in different parts of the world Poland, Peru, Kenya, and the Philippines. These are sufficiently varied samples to examine if constants can be observed in all four environments or not.

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