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Cooperative
Resilience:
Evidence and Action
TUESDAY SEPT 27
8:30 – 10:30 AM EST
Event Overview
The Forum will share the learning and new knowledge gained from various ICRG initiatives that have rigorously examined the ways cooperatives are impacted by external shocks – such as COVID 19 and climate change – to maximize the inherent strengths of the cooperative business model and minimize its risks while mitigating the impacts of current and future external shocks.
Who: OCDC ICRG with input and participation by CDOs, researchers, partners, and other participants in the initiatives.
What: Supporting the uptake of new knowledge and impacting policy through dialogue, tools, and recommendations.
When & Where: Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 8:30 to 10:30 am EST. Virtual Zoom platform.
How: A compelling document that synthesizes, highlights, and brings the findings to life and that gives actionable high-level policy and design guidance re how best to “invest” in cooperative development.

A program that draws together six research studies of the Collaborative Research for Cooperative Development (CR2), findings from related research focused on quantitative and qualitative analysis of the actions of a sample of East African primary cooperatives in response to COVID 19 and exploration of new tools and frameworks for applying lessons learned.

Varied approaches to information and knowledge sharing including visualized data presentation, diverse voices from the field, evidence-based recommendations at the policy and practice levels.
Why: To increase the understanding and uptake of cooperative development as a key approach in addressing global inequality illuminating the inherent strengths of the cooperative business model, highlighting critical roles of cooperatives in maintaining community-level resilience, sharing tools and insights to support policymakers, cooperative leaders and other stakeholders to deepen and sustain impact.
Event Speakers
Dr. Judith Hermanson
OCDC ICRG Director of Research Group
Dr. Meghan Fitzgerald
OCDC ICRG Senior Researcher
Ms. Leah Marie Lucas
OCDC ICRG Research Manager
Sylandi Brown
OCDC ICRG Communications Manager
Dr. Barbara Czachorska-Jones
OCDC ICRG Learning Manager
Mr. Nicholas Hung
OCDC ICRG Research Assistant
Ms. Isabelle Barrès

OCDC ICRG, Consultant

Ashley Holst

Global Communities, Senior Technical Specialist and Acting COP

Dr. Charles Wambu
The Co-operative University of Kenya
Elijah Aloo
Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives Ltd. (KUSCCO)
Dr. Rose Karimi
Project Manager, International Co-operative Alliance-Africa (ICA Africa)
Ms. Emily Varga
USAID Engagement, Evidence and Learning Team Lead, Cooperative Business Specialist 
Dr. Chiyoge B. Sifa
Regional Director, ICA Africa
Mr. Paul Hazen
OCDC Executive Director

Event Agenda

Setting the Stage

8:30am

Welcome

Mr. Cyesa Gallican | Emcee

8:35am

The Many Faces of Cooperative Resilience

Dr. Judith Hermanson | OCDC ICRG Director of Research Group
Examining the Evidence

8:40am

From Crisis to Resilience: How Cooperatives Responded to COVID-19

Dr. Meghan Fitzgerald | OCDC ICRG Senior Researcher

8:55am

Diving Deeper into the Data: Collaborative Research Results

Ms. Leah Marie Lucas | OCDC ICRG Research Manager
Sylandi Brown | OCDC ICRG Communications Manager
9:10am

Q & A

Audience
Launching Into Action

9:15am

Bridging the Gap: Practical Lessons and Tools for the Future

Dr. Barbara Czachorska-Jones | OCDC ICRG Learning Manager
Nicholas Hung | OCDC ICRG Research Assistant
9:30am

Going Green: Examining the Financial Resource Landscape for Cooperatives

Ms. Isabelle Barrès | OCDC ICRG Consultant
9:45am

Q & A

Audience
Global Perspectives

9:50am

Resilience Roundtable

Global Communities

The Co-operative University of Kenya

Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives Ltd. (KUSCCO) 

International Co-operative Alliance-Africa (ICA Africa)

10:05am

Q & A

Audience

10:10am

Reflections from USAID

Ms. Emily Varga | USAID Engagement, Evidence and Learning Team Lead, Cooperative Business Specialist 
10:15am

Regional Perspectives on Resilience from ICA Africa

Dr. Chiyoge B. Sifa | Regional Director, ICA Africa

10:25am

Closing Remarks

Mr. Paul Hazen | OCDC Executive Director

10:30am

Conclusion

Mr. Cyesa Gallican | Emcee

Event Materials for Download

The idea for this research paper came out of discussions that took place during the 2022 International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) Annual Learning Event organized...

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This companion report provides a summary of main funders providing climate financing and key resources for countries where OCDC members operate and support cooperatives (as...

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This synthesis report contains findings from the Collaborative Research for Cooperative Resilience (CR2) Portfolio, which serves as part of the wider ICRG Resilience Program. The...

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The following bibliography and its annotations were prepared through careful reading of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council and the International Cooperative Research Group’s work...

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