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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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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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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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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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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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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