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What Difference Do Cooperatives Make? Poland: A Pilot Study

This ambitious research study was conceived by The Research Group.

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OCDC Summer Newsletter. Volume 2: issue 2

The Research Group is thrilled to announce we have been awarded and signed a 5-year Cooperative Agreement with USAID.

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The research group.

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.

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

CLARITY: Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative

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Worldwide, local rules and their enforcement are some of the biggest barriers for people and communities to implement cooperative solutions - a Case for CLARITY Find this article in NCBA CLUSA's Cooperative Business Journal:


WOCCU To Support Women’s Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment Worldwide. The pilot will seek to integrate optimal financial systems to connect women with needed capital and will be tested in Senegal. Read the article here:

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

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  • Call for Applications: Roster for Training Designer/Curriculum Developer in International Cooperative Development March 20, 2019 by Research Group The deadline for submission of applications for the first round of consideration is March 31, 2019. Subsequently submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 2019.   Application Instructions: Qualified candidates are requested to apply to OCDC Research Group at with the reference “RG TrainingDesigner Roster_last name”. Applications should include: – Cover letter (include your proposed daily rate), CV, 1 sample of designed training.… Read More

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