Leading Locally, the Cooperative Way

February 21, 2024 | 9:00-10:00 AM ET


Cooperatives are uniquely positioned to champion their local communities, creating the foundation necessary for long-term development impact. They are created and owned by the communities they serve, empowering local people and institutions to own the planning, implementation and evaluation of their own growth and sustainable development. 

USAID recognizes that locally led development is a key part of their mission which includes promoting a path for aid recipients to be leaders who are self-reliant and resilient. The agency has a goal to channel 25% of its total funding for locally led development work.  

This webinar showcased how cooperatives:

  • Are leaders in international development.
  • Strengthen communities from the ground up.
  • Have benefitted directly from USAID funds to accomplish their goals. 

This webinar featured panelists from co-op organizations and USAID who shared inspiring success stories, and ways to partner with USAID for locally-led development initiatives.

English interpretation provided for all Spanish-speaking panelists. Webinar recorded on February 21, 2024.

Leading Locally, the Cooperative Way – Spanish/Español interpretation


Gabriela Delgado

Chief Commercial Officer, FEDERCOVERA, R.L.

Salma Kadiri

Project Management Specialist, General Development Office, U.S. Agency for International Development, Morocco

Arjun Tasker

New Partners Initiative Portfolio Manager, USAID’s Local, Faith and Transformative Partnerships Hub

Lourdes Barude

Consultant, former Chief of Party


Zuraidah Hoffman

Moderator, International Cooperative Communications Professional

Paul Hazen

Executive Director, OCDC

Contact LuAnn Werner LWerner@ocdc.coop for more information