Request for Proposals – Remote Management & Collaboration Training Design
The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC), brings together nine organizational members committed to building a more prosperous world through cooperatives. Its mission is to champion, advocate, and promote effective international cooperative development. The International Cooperative Research Group (RG) is a division of OCDC that is spearheading the implementation of OCDC’s USAID-funded initiative, Cooperative Research, Read MoreRead More
Globalization is inevitable; inequality impacts are not! By Judith Hermanson, Director, OCDC’s Research Group.
This article was first published by Dr. Hermanson in 2018. Given the current global climate, we decided to revisit the discussion on how the Cooperative model can offset inequality impacts through collective action and community engagement. The conversation about globalization has taken on new dimensions since I wrote this, with the rise of populism and Read MoreRead More
Request for Proposals – Data World Map
The impacts of COVID-19 will be measured and studied for years to come. In this pivotal moment, cooperatives around the world are turning to their communities to aid in the combat of this pandemic. OCDC and the ICRG intend to collect data on this response to support decision making and help cooperatives and OCDC members Read MoreRead More
COVID-19: THE GENDERED PANDEMIC IN KENYA
Presented by: CLEAR Kenya, Global Communities. Written by Federick Buagah, Technical Specialist, Gender. And, by Ashley Holst, Technical Specialist, Cooperatives & Inclusive Business. Blog #1: Covid-19: Gendered Social Distancing. COVID-19 is driving new meaning to rationally held social norms especially those surrounding gender relations. Gender norms as triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic are an issue Read MoreRead More
Covid-19 Update: Fair trade premiums at Finca Triunfo Verde
A Letter from Julia Baumgartner, Cooperative Development Program Manager, Equal Exchange. Hey everyone, I wanted to share a little glimmer of good news from Finca Triunfo Verde in Chiapas, Mexico. We’ve been in close communication these last few weeks as the Covid-19 outbreak was just beginning. Our CDP team cancelled our trip and returned home, Read MoreRead More
Covid 19: The Cooperative Difference in Action.
During this time, we’d like to take a moment to demonstrate the value of having a business model focusing on Concern for the Community, Cooperative Principle Number 7. What our CDOs are doing: this excel matrix provides an overview of the response from our cooperative development organizations as they work to combat COVID-19 around the Read MoreRead More
COVID-19: Cooperative Development Organizations
USAID Guidance to Implementing Partners: general information for reference by USAID project implementers. ICRG Food Security Strategy Guide: this document provides information necessary to planning activities related to food insecurity as a result of COVID-19. Relevant information is compiled for each CDP country as well as general guidance. West Africa Region COVID-19 Posters: created and Read MoreRead More
We have curated this information is to help coop leaders guide and communicate with their community members. Cooperatives provide a trusted voice in their neighborhoods. This resource provides accurate and timely knowledge for that voice. Please consider the context of how far along the outbreak has progressed in your particular region/country. ILO Resources for Cooperatives: Read MoreRead More
COVID-19: Resources Page
We have curated a set of guides & guidance for coops to navigate this difficult time. Concern for Community This is truly a cooperative moment where cooperative principle 7 must be the focus. History has shown us that collaborative, mutually supportive communities are the ones that are most successful at sustainably recovering from large disasters. Read MoreRead More
The cooperative development business model in Kenya is stress-tested and self-correcting.
In Kenya there is a positive attitude towards the cooperative development business model and the cooperative brand is well recognized. Research by the weekly magazine ‘The East African’ shows that 75% of people preferred dealing with co-ops because they fairly price their products. In the words of CAK President (The Cooperative Alliance of Kenya Limited): Read MoreRead More