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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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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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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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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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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 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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