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CLLE – COVID-19 and Cooperative Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

This research sought to identify the major challenges faced by cooperatives in sub-Saharan Africa during COVID-19, as well as strategies and strengths employed by cooperatives to mitigate adversities. The ICRG further endeavored to understand whether and how these challenges and strengths/ strategies related to cooperative business resilience during hardship. Through a combination of survey interviews, Read More

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Cooperative Resilience: Annotated Bibliography

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 in creating a Business Resiliency Framework. As recovery efforts from COVID-19 continue to shape cooperative policies, it is the hope of OCDC and ICRG to provide academically rigorous recommendations and Read More

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Climate Finance – A Companion Report

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 of June 2022). It complements the report “Climate Finance for Cooperatives. A Resource Guide” (2022), which contains more information on acronyms and interpretation for some of the sources mentioned. Together, Read More

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Climate Finance Report

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 by OCDC in January 2022. During the Learning Event, OCDC’s CDO members expressed interest in understanding better the ‘green’ (or environmental) and climate finance landscape, given how closely the green Read More

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COVID-19 and Cooperative Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

This research sought to identify the major challenges faced by cooperatives in sub-Saharan Africa during COVID-19, as well as strategies and strengths employed by cooperatives to mitigate adversities. The ICRG further endeavored to understand whether and how these challenges and strengths/ strategies related to cooperative business resilience during hardship. Through a combination of survey interviews, Read More

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2021 – Addressing Gender Norms to Increase Financial Inclusion From CGAP

A technical guide by Antonique Koning, Joanna Ledgerwood, Nisha Sing for CGAP. Gendered social norms, a subset of social norms, are an inescapable reality shaping the lives of women around the world. To advance women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment, funders and market facilitators need to acknowledge gender norms and understand how they limit women’s Read More

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Cooperation for the transition to a green economy

2021, From ICA-EU Partnership. This report provides an overview on how cooperatives around the world are acting to protect the environment, as well as mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. Through the eight featured case studies, it is clear that cooperatives are already playing a very important role in Read More

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Inclusive Insurance

Inclusive Insurance: Closing the Protection Gap for Emerging Customers. A joint report from the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion and the Institute of International Finance

Emerging consumers present a promising market for inclusive insurance, and creative insurance companies have been developing promising models to reach this market for years. Since the 1990s, the microinsurance movement has demonstrated the benefits of insurance for low-income people, as well as exploring new business models to serve these customers profitably in frontier and emerging Read More

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2020 – Global Youth Development Report.

Author/Publication: The Commonwealth. Given continuous concern of cooperatives and how to attract and engage new generations of members, this material may be of particular interest. The Commonwealth is an association of 54 independent countries aiming at international consensus building. Is Secretariat provides technical assistance and advisory services to members, helping governments achieve sustainable, inclusive and Read More

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Side Selling In Malt Barley Cooperatives

Self Help Africa (SHA) has been implementing a project since 2010 targeted at increasing the income of malt barley farmers in Ethiopia through more effective cooperative management in Arsi and West Arsi Zones of Oromia region. The project has been supporting Galema and Raya Kejewa cooperative unions to ensure efficient aggregation of products, better access Read More

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