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The Research Group takes a Practical Approach to Research-Based Learning using academically rigorous methods, stakeholder inclusion, consultation and engagement, partnerships with experts and international organizations to produce evidence-backed data to support worldwide cooperative development.

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The International Cooperative Research Group

The Research Group takes a Practical Approach to Research-Based Learning using academically rigorous methods, stakeholder inclusion, consultation and engagement, partnerships with experts and international organizations to produce evidence-backed data to support worldwide cooperative development.

Visit The Research Group Page

New Online Cooperative Data Platform

U.S. OCDC and the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) to create an online global data platform displaying international development projects run by CDOs

What Difference Do Cooperatives Make? Global Outcomes Report

“What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” (WDDCM) is a four-year research project that looks at the difference that primary cooperative societies are making in the lives of their members across four countries – Kenya, Peru, Philippines, and Poland.

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What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Peru

This newly published study seeks to understand the extent to which cooperatives provide a sound platform on which to build broad-based international development for sustainable, locally owned and institutionalized results. This report is also available in Spanish through our Resource Library.

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What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Philippines

This newly published study seeks to understand the extent to which cooperatives provide a sound platform on which to build broad-based international development for sustainable, locally owned and institutionalized results.

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What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Kenya

This recently published study builds upon it's other country studies to understand the extent to which cooperatives provide a sound platform on which to build broad-based international development for sustainable, locally owned and institutionalized results.

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What Difference do Cooperatives Make? Poland

This pilot study in Poland is the first in a series of country studies designed to understand the extent to which objective evidence will demonstrate that cooperatives provide a sound platform on which to base broad-based international development for sustainable, locally owned and institutionalized results.

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Why Cooperatives? Read The OCDC Policy Paper

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council’s new policy paper takes a fresh look at the solutions that cooperatives bring to the critical challenges of our time. The paper, Cooperatives: Building a More Prosperous, Democratic, and Inclusive World, shows how cooperatives provide viable livelihoods, promote democratic principles, and foster inclusion of marginalized groups. It is replete


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Congratulations to Paul Hazen, OCDC Executive Director!

On October 6, 2022, Paul Hazen, OCDC Executive Director, was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. This well-deserved honor recognizes his commitment, both professionally and personally, to the cooperative model and values. He has devoted his career to elevating the cooperative voice domestically and internationally. You can view the Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee


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Announcing The 2022 OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award Recipient

This year we are pleased to present the OCDC International Cooperative Champion Award to Professor Isaac Nyamongo, Deputy Vice Chancellor Cooperative Development, Research and Innovation at the Cooperative University of Kenya. The award was formally announced at the 2022 Cooperative IMPACT Conference on October 6, 2022. You can view the recording of the award presentation


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Member Spotlight: A Chat with Global Communities

The 2022 IMPACT Conference offered our community a chance to hear from Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President and CEO of Global Communities, a global development organization working at the intersection of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and financial inclusion to save lives, advance equity and secure strong futures. At the conference, Hessler-Radelet spoke favorably of cooperatives and locally


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The International Cooperative Research Group is a division of OCDC which carries out an international cooperative research agenda focused on issues related to the impact and effectiveness of cooperatives in developing countries and emerging markets. The RG designs, directly undertakes and partners of academic and practitioner partners to carry out rigorous research that helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice.  It also fosters a learning community within OCDC and provides resources and information related to cooperative development to OCDC members and to the broader international cooperative and development community.

The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

Cooperative Development in Poland: A Legacy of USAID Assistance Identifying Processes and Policies Conducive to Cooperative Development in Africa Measuring Cooperative Success: New Challenges and Opportunities in Low-and Middle-Income Countries
409,522 Members of CDP Cooperatives and Credit Unions
CDP Implemented in 14 Countries
8 New Regulations Drafted in CDP Countries
Over $6 Million of New Revenue through Public Private Partnerships

Source: USAID Cooperative Development Program data, 2017

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Inclusion, equality, equity, and democracy arise when members form a cooperative.

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¿Qué Diferencia Marcan las Cooperativas?: Informe de Resultados Globales

“What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” (WDDCM) is a four-year research project that looks at the difference that primary cooperative societies are making in the lives of their members across four countries – Kenya, Peru, Philippines, and Poland. The research was designed to examine the hypothesized “cooperative difference,” if any, across sectors, and to present its


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The Cooperative Context in the Philippines: A Review of the Historical, Legal and Regulatory Environment

This Cooperatives in the Philippines – Context Study was prepared under an OCDC International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) collaboration with Global Communities. It is a companion study to the primary research carried out in the Philippines as part of the ICRG’s four-country study “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” Its purpose is to provide an understanding


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The Cooperative Context in Peru: A Review of the Historical, Legal and Regulatory Environment

The following cooperative country context study intends to provide an overview of the present-day situation of the Peruvian cooperative movement, reviewing co-operative history in Peru, and referencing the legal and institutional framework surrounding it. The study assesses the impact of the cooperative sector in Peru’s economic and social realms, its role in job creation and


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Cooperative Development in Philippines: A Legacy of USAID Assistance

Through the Legacy Study Series, the International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) has sought to capture USAID’s programmatic influence through its investments in cooperative development. In conjunc-tion with other studies carried out in Poland, Kenya, Philippines, and Peru under the ICRG’s “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” (WDDCM) research


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