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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More