The Cooperative Development Program and OCDC have fostered cooperatives as viable and sustainable approach for building self-reliant communities in developing countries
OCDC members carry out the largest portfolio of cooperative development programs in the world, building local institutions driven by local needs
The CDP is the only program within USAID that focuses on cooperatives, and it powers OCDC’s members activities in developing countries
Since 1961, the CDP and OCDC have supported co-ops serving 130 million people, lifting them from poverty, building a more prosperous world
Paul Hazen | Executive Director OCDC
U.S. cooperative development assistance has helped advance cooperatives that serve millions across the globe. These papers provide evidence that greater U.S. investment in cooperative development will:
The “What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?” (WDDCM) global study took place from 2017- 2020 in Poland, Kenya, the Philippines and Peru. Results demonstrate a common economic “cooperative difference” as measured by data on earnings, and a social “cooperative difference” as measured by key well-being indicators.
The research compares the views and circumstances of representative samples of cooperative members with a comparison group of non-cooperative members in each country.
Paul Hazen | Executive Director, OCDC
Evaluation findings of the USAID Cooperative Development Program (CDP) find that is has successfully advanced larger USAID objectives and strategic priority areas, including economic growth and trade; global health; democracy, human rights and governance; and pubic-private partnerships. CDP successes were due to staff commitment by implementers, program flexibility and partnerships that developed. Further, CDP adds considerable value to program stakeholders to to its flexibility and emphasis on experimentation.
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Committed to building a more just and prosperous world through cooperatives.
OCDC envisions a world where people in all countries have the opportunity to work together through cooperatives to create a better life for themselves and their communities.
The mission of OCDC is to champion, advocate and promote effective international cooperative development to build stable, scalable self-reliant communities.
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Meet Úrsula– a coffee farmer from Sapse, Huancabamba, in Piura region of Peru. Ursula is the second generation of members in Norandino Cooperative which helped her learn how to handle coffee to get the most in quantity and quality. Under the cooperative umbrella producers like Úrsula are now active and respected agents for sustainable development in their region.
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