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Post-pandemic: Cooperatives must lead on Climate Action, Creating new Opportunities

By Paul Hazen, Executive Director, U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council July 4 is Independence Day in the United States; it’s also the International Day of Cooperatives 2020. These are two of my favorite holidays because I can celebrate my country and the cooperative movement at the same time. Cooperatives are as American as apple pie Read More

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International Cooperative Development: A proven business model for economic opportunity and stability through public-private partnerships.

By Paul Hazen, Executive Director, US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC). This article was originally published as a letter to introduce the incoming Trump Administration to the ongoing work and achievements of its members. “One of our strengths that should catch the attention of the new Administration is our focus on public-private partnerships to cost-effectively Read More

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Globalization is inevitable; inequality impacts are not! By Judith Hermanson, Director, OCDC’s Research Group.

This article was first published by Dr. Hermanson in 2018. Given the current global climate, we decided to revisit the discussion on how the Cooperative model can offset inequality impacts through collective action and community engagement. The conversation about globalization has taken on new dimensions since I wrote this, with the rise of populism and Read More

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COVID-19: THE GENDERED PANDEMIC IN KENYA

Presented by: CLEAR Kenya, Global Communities. Written by Federick Buagah, Technical Specialist, Gender. And, by Ashley Holst, Technical Specialist, Cooperatives & Inclusive Business. Blog #1: Covid-19: Gendered Social Distancing.  COVID-19 is driving new meaning to rationally held social norms especially those surrounding gender relations. Gender norms as triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic are an issue that Read More

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Covid 19: The Cooperative Difference in Action.

During this time, we’d like to take a moment to demonstrate the value of having a business model focusing on Concern for the Community, Cooperative Principle Number 7. What our CDOs are doing: this excel matrix provides an overview of the response from our cooperative development organizations as they work to combat COVID-19 around the Read More

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COVID-19: Cooperative Development Organizations

USAID Guidance to Implementing Partners: general information for reference by USAID project implementers. ICRG Gender Based Violence Strategy Guide: this document provides information to help plan activities addressing increases in GBV as a result of COVID-19. ICRG Food Security Strategy Guide: this document provides information necessary to planning activities related to food insecurity as a Read More

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COVID-19: Cooperatives

We have curated this information is to help coop leaders guide and communicate with their community members.  Cooperatives provide a trusted voice in their neighborhoods. This resource provides accurate and timely knowledge for that voice. Please consider the context of how far along the outbreak has progressed in your particular region/country. ILO Resources for Cooperatives: Read More

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We have curated a set of guides & guidance for coops to navigate this difficult time.

Concern for Community The coronavirus pandemic, and its far-reaching economic and social impacts, motivates us to turn to the key cooperative principle, “Concern for Community” as we collectively seek to “build back better” more inclusive economies and more resilient communities. Please heed national and regional guidance to keep yourself and your communities safe. We have Read More

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Key Stakeholder Presentation and Dialogue – Philippines

This overview paper for the study “What Difference do Cooperatives Make?” in the Philippines sets out the initial findings of the recent research conducted by the International Cooperative Research Group of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council. Read More

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Key Stakeholder Presentation and Dialogue – Kenya

This paper provides an overview of the initial findings of recent research on the cooperative sector in Kenya and identifies some possible paths for policy and/or further debate and exploration. Read More

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