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Reflections on “What Capital is Missing in African Cooperatives?”

By, Kristin Wilcox, Global Communities, Technical Specialist, Cooperative Enterprise and Inclusive Business This blog has been adapted from Ms. Wilcox’s remarks as a respondent on Dr. Nicola Francesconi’s paper commissioned by OCDC Research Group and OXFAM UK. The lack of managerial capital, or management strategies, is a complex issue present in the development of co-operatives. Read More

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What’s the impact of Kenyan co-operatives?

This article was originally written by Scott Bellows and published on Business Daily Africa On Tuesday this week, Kenya witnessed the launch of the new multi-million-dollar five-year Co-operative Leadership Engagement Advocacy and Research (CLEAR) programme of Global Communities funded by USAid. Governor Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni, Mary Mungai of the State Department of Co-operatives, US Read More

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Testimony in Support of USAID’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP)

Paul Hazen, Executive Director U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council In the FY2020 State-Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Bill. The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) is requesting $17 million for the FY2020 Cooperative Development Program (CDP) of the Development Assistance account in the FY2020 State-Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations bill. For more than Read More

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Call for Applications: Roster for Training Designer/Curriculum Developer in International Cooperative Development

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 ResearchGroup@ocdc.coop with the reference “RG TrainingDesigner Roster_last name”. Applications should include: – Cover letter Read More

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Call for Applications: Roster for Research Analysts and Statistical Analysts in International Cooperative Development

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 2019. Application Instructions Qualified candidates are requested to apply to OCDC Research Group at ResearchGroup@ocdc.coop with the reference “RG Researcher Roster_last name”. Applications should include: – Cover letter (include your proposed daily rate), CV, 1 writing sample (relevant publications preferred). – Contact details for 3 Read More

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NRECA International Awarded Contract for Electric Cooperative Feasibility Study in Nigeria And Ethiopia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2019 Contact: Zuraidah Hoffman | 571-488-7601 NRECAInternational.coop | @NRECAIntl NRECA International Awarded Contract for Electric Cooperative Feasibility Study in Nigeria And Ethiopia ARLINGTON, Va. – NRECA International, an affiliate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, today announced a contract with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to explore the feasibility Read More

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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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