How effective are cooperative development projects in Africa? What works and what doesn’t? The Research Group of the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) has joined the European Research Institute on Cooperatives and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) to analyze the sustainability of primarily agricultural co-ops in sub-Saharan Africa.
The purpose of this research is to provide insights into the factors that can help or hinder the creation of agricultural cooperatives in Africa, based on the challenges and opportunities facing a number of selected cooperative development programs and on an analysis of the legal, economic and policy environments of the countries where these programs are located. By developing a better understanding of the context for cooperatives in a variety of countries and the effectiveness of different projects, the research seeks to help CDOs in North America and Europe improve the effectiveness of their co-op development strategies.