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OCDC Research Group’s study reveals causes, fixes for Ethiopian malt-barley co-op side-selling

Approximately 4.5 million Ethiopian farmers – most in central Ethiopia – produce malt barley, an essential ingredient in beer. Although Ethiopia drinks much less beer than many other countries, it is the second largest producer in Africa, and 12 big brewers, such as Heineken and Diageo, have breweries there. Malt barley cultivation is growing at an Read More

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Hermanson presents on four OCDC research projects at ICA conference

In late June, Dr. Judith Hermanson, OCDC Research Group director, presented on four of OCDC’s ongoing research projects and chaired a workshop on agriculture and cooperatives at the International Co-operative Alliance Global Research Conference. The research projects she discussed were: Processes and Policies Conducive to Cooperative Development in Four Sub-Saharan African Countries. This collaborative research initiative Read More

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No one left behind: Stories of inclusion for International Day of Cooperatives

No one left behind: Stories of inclusion for International Day of Cooperatives Cooperatives embody the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. These values ensure that people from all walks of life have an opportunity to improve their lives by working together — that no one is left behind. According to the International Read More

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Hermanson addresses ag globalization, inequities

In a recent post on the SPORE blog, Judith Hermanson, director of OCDC’s Research Group, addressed the globalization of agriculture, but wrote that well-organized, member-controlled cooperatives provide an important mechanism by which smallholders can literally take matters into their own hands through collective action, providing members with leverage and helping to mitigate risk. Read the full post. SPORE is Read More

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Research Group, EURICSE study sustainability of African cooperatives

How effective are cooperative development projects in Africa? What works and what doesn’t? The Research Group of the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) has joined the European Research Institute on Cooperatives and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) to analyze the sustainability of primarily agricultural co-ops in sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of this research is to provide insights Read More

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Congress increases funds for international co-op development

After weeks of intense negotiations, the U.S. Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017 that increases funds for cooperative development. Congress added $1 million to the international Cooperative Development Program (CDP) grants, bringing the total available in FY17 to $12 million. The CDP supports public-private partnerships between U.S. cooperatives and cooperative development Read More

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OCDC presents policy paper to Trump Administration

To introduce the incoming Trump Administration to the ongoing work and achievements of its members, OCDC has prepared and presented a policy paper. It highlights OCDC’s unique approach to international stability and prosperity, which uses the cooperative business model to: Grow sustainable business development in even the poorest countries Enable people to share resources and skills Read More

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OCDC helps launch global co-op development platform

As an outcome of the International Summit of Cooperatives, the Global CooperativeDevelopment Platform (GCDP) was launched based on recommendations from a pre-summit workshop organized by OCDC and the International Co-operative Alliance. The workshop explored diverse facets of cooperatives and mutuals in international development and how they can do more and work better together. The workshop, Read More

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Cooperatives and international development: What next?

From the Co-operative News (Quebec City, Canada)Can co-operatives bring added value to international development? This was one of the key topics addressed in a special session in the run-up to the International Summit of Co-operatives in Quebec. Delegates from across different cooperative apex bodies highlighted what they were already doing to promote the work of cooperatives in Read More

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OCDC selects Hermanson to head the Research Group

(Washington, D.C.) Judith Hermanson, international nonprofit executive, author and educator, has been selected to head the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council’s (OCDC) International Cooperative Research Group. The focus of OCDC and its members is to lift people in developing countries from poverty through income development, food security and democracy building. As part of this ongoing Read More

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