Welcome to the International Cooperative Research Group

The International Cooperative Research Group is a division of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC.)

Our mission is to research, formulate and share effective strategies for the development, performance and growth of cooperatives in developing countries.

OCDC formed the Research Group in response to increasing recognition from within and outside the cooperative community that cooperative performance needs to be measured more rigorously, and lessons learned from research results should be applied systematically to improve performance.

We work in partnership with domestic and international cooperative development organizations, cooperatives, researchers and donors.

Our research initiatives

Currently, the Research Group is coordinating case studies with four of OCDC’s member organizations:

  • Research on the growth of a secondary-level coffee cooperative in Ethiopia with ACDI/VOCA
  • Evaluation of an agricultural-lending program by a group of credit unions in Guatemala with World Council
  • Comparative analysis of a livestock co-op development project in Nicaragua and South Africa with CRI
  • Historical review of rural electric cooperative performance in the Philippines with NRECA

In addition to these pilot research projects, the OCDC board and staff are considering other projects the Research Group and our partners may undertake in 2015 and 2016, including:

  • Cooperative performance and structure
  • Member, board and staff characteristics
  • Impacts on cooperative performance
  • Development context and strategies
  • “Big picture” questions

For more information or to discuss partnership opportunities, please contact:

E.G. Nadeau, research director
Email: egnadeau@ocdc.coop
Phone: (608) 345–3986