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Cooperative Development in Kenya: A Legacy of USAID Assistance

USAID commissioned the International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) of OCDC to carry out a legacy study to examine what, if any, lasting effects of the USAID assistance to cooperatives can be seen in Kenya today, nearly 20 years after its conclusion. The ICRG carried out this study as a complement to the countrywide survey research Read More

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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. The research was designed to examine the hypothesized “cooperative difference,” if any, across sectors, and to present its findings Read More

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What Difference Do Cooperatives Make? Peru

The “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” research initiative is a comprehensive, evidence-based study that rigorously examines the impacts that cooperatives have on the lives of people who belong to cooperatives.  It is the “first” study of its kind, using the same methods in Poland, Peru, Philippines and Kenya. The Peru Country Study, which surveyed a representative sample of Read More

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2017 Cooperatives UK – The Governance of Large Co-operative Businesses; A research study by Professor Johnston Birchall

This is the second edition, comprehensively revised, of a research study which has been widely recognized as the first comprehensive research into how co-operative businesses worldwide operate in terms of their governance. The report stands alone, to be read afresh. The research focused on sixty of the largest co-operatives across a range of sectors, an Read More

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2021 International Co-operative Alliance – Young People and Cooperatives

The report presents a number of practical examples of youth cooperation and identifies ways that engagement between young people and cooperatives can be improved. 420 responses from young people were collected and analyzed for the research, which surveyed both young cooperators and young people less familiar with the cooperative model. The five chapters, which can Read More

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Partnership Indicators: Measuring the Effectiveness of multi-sector approaches to service provision

Partnerships are not an end in themselves –they are formed to achieve other goals, with the implicit or explicit recognition that by acting together partners can accomplish more than by acting alone. However, bringing together partners from different sectors (public, private and civil society) to work towards a commonly defined project is not an easy Read More

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NGO-Business Collaboration in Kenya

Developing countries continue to be faced with numerous development challenges and vulnerable populations. Since government structures and available resources in those countries are often not sufficient to alleviate suffering effectively, the number of no-governmental organisations (NGO) has increased to fill the gap. But as the NGO’s budgets are strained by rising program costs and decreased Read More

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Bridging the Development Partnership Gap

By now you have probably heard one of the biggest stories in global development in the last few decades—official development assistance flows are leveling off, and alternative sources of international financial flows are on the rise. As corporations enter into emerging markets with unprecedented levels of investment and commitment, it means dealing with massive and Read More

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Corporate-NGO Partnerships for Sustainable Development

In the last 15 years, the trend of NGOs working in cooperation with business has developed considerably. The global community – including leaders of international governmental institutions and of the non-profit sector as well as some business leaders – has recognized the importance of including business in the process of international development. NGOs, on the Read More

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Youth Engagement with Co-operatives in Kenya

In Africa, Kenya in particular, co-operatives started as vehicles for management and marketing of agricultural products of white farmers and were sole preserves of the colonial settlers (Kobia, 2011). The first co-operative in Kenya was set up by white settlers as a dairy and agricultural co-operative at Kipkelion (formerly Lumbwa) in 1908 (Kobia, 2011). Nevertheless, Read More

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