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What Difference Do Cooperatives Make? Poland.

As part of the global celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives, OCDC’s International Cooperative Research Group is releasing a major research report. This report documents the sustainable cooperative development that has taken place in Poland since market reforms were instituted in the early 1990s. What Difference Do Cooperatives Make? shows that cooperatives in Poland Read More

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HealthPartners receives co-op-building grant for Uganda

HealthPartners, an OCDC member, has received a $7.9 million Cooperative Development Program (CDP) grant to extend and expand a project that builds health insurance cooperatives in African nations where access to medical care is limited. The Bloomington, Minn.-based insurer and health care provider has been helping improve health care availability in Uganda since 1997 and Read More

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USAID grants $60 million for co-op development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), recently awarded $60 million over five years (2019 – 2023) for the Cooperative Development Program (CDP).  Ten U.S.-based cooperative organizations will share in the funding that promotes sustainability and self-reliance through local ownership using cooperatives as a proven business model. The CDP fuels the work of OCDC members Read More

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What does sustainability look like 17 years later? A return to Poland

At the heart of global development is the question of sustainability. How can we ensure that our investments in emerging economies have a positive impact beyond the end of program funding? Development programs funded by institutional donors or foundations tend to have a limited lifespan – three or five years, for example. After that, the Read More

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Malt Barley Sales are Up and So is Farmer Income in Ethiopia

My many years of experience working in international development have taught me many things.  One of the most important is that cooperatives are an underused powerful engine for greater equity and greater prosperity.  It is a development approach that really works!  So when I learned that farmers in malt barley cooperatives in some parts of Read More

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Compelling Results in Poland

Working in international development has always been fulfilling for me. However, only rarely have I been able to see what happened after the passage of time. So, I was really excited about the chance to return to Poland some 20 years after working there to look at the impacts “then and now” of cooperatives and how they Read More

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Globalisation is inevitable; inequality impacts are not!

Globalisation, like rock and roll (as they say), is ‘here to stay.’ Despite outcries against it (including through political expression) and the real damaging effects that it has had in some markets and economies, the power and potential of globalisation means that the clock will not be turned back. At least not entirely. However, while Read More

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Paper outlines effective ownership programs for smallholder farmers

Equal Exchange has released a new paper outlining how member-owned capital can provide an effective savings tool and financial safety net for smallholder farmers. The findings in “Not Too Poor to Invest: The Case for Smallholder Farmer Ownership Programs”grew from an Equal Exchange project to introduce member equity programs in smallholder farmer businesses in three countries: Read More

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Research Group adds RFP for Philippines

The Research Group (RG) of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) announced a new request for proposals (RFP) for expansion into the Philippines of a multi-year, multi-country, cross-sector regional research study on the effects cooperatives have on the social and economic well-being of individuals and their broader effects on the communities where they are Read More

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Research Group announces RFP for Kenya

The Research Group (RG) of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) announced a new request for proposals (RFP) for expansion into Kenya of a multi-year, multi-country, cross-sector regional research study on the effects cooperatives have on the social and economic well-being of individuals and their broader effects on the communities where they are located. Read More

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