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Cooperative Governance Assessment

Identifying Cooperative Board Training Needs by Stages in the Board’s Development. Cooperative Governance Assessment

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Context Study Kenya

By Barbara Czachorska – Jones, PhD Global Communities for OCDC From the International Cooperative Research Group. November 30th, 2018 Context Study Kenya

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Context Study Poland

By Barbara Czchorska-Jones, PhD, Global Communities for OCDC.  From the International Cooperative Research Group. March 3, 2017. Context Study Poland

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Globalization is inevitable; inequality impacts are not!

By Judith Hermanson, Director, OCDC’s Research Group Dr. Hermanson argues for the cooperative approach to strengthening Global Value Chains (GVCs) while enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the smallholder. While globalism is here to stay, a cooperative model allows smallholders to control their own collective action. Read More

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Ethiopia – Side Selling

Self Help Africa (SHA) has been implementing a project since 2010 targeted at increasing the income of malt barley farmers in Ethiopia through more effective cooperative management in Arsi and West Arsi Zones of Oromia region. The project has been supporting Galema and Raya Kejewa cooperative unions to ensure efficient aggregation of products, better access Read More

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Assessing Cooperative Training Needs in Developing Countries

It is widely known that a competent board of directors is an important factor in cooperative success. However, directors of local cooperatives in developing countries may be unfamiliar with democratic governance processes and the skills needed for effective directing. While there are significant impediments to good cooperative governance (e.g., inadequate training, weak leadership, and corruption), research Read More

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Not Too Poor To Invest: The Case For Smallholder Farmer Ownership Programs

Experience has shown creation and growth of a member-owned capital base is crucial to the long-term sustainability of member owned businesses and can provide an effective savings tool and financial safety net for smallholder farmers. Information presented in the paper grew out of the results of an Equal Exchange (EE) project to introduce member equity Read More

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2017 Trump Administration Policy Paper

For more than 150 years, the cooperative business model has been a dynamic private-sector engine for economic opportunity and stability around the world. Here are five reasons why cooperatives can, and should, continue to play a crucial role in U.S. foreign policy. Read More

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Agricultural Cooperatives in Africa

This report is the first outcome of a joint project by the International Cooperative Research Group, a division of the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC), and the European Research Institute on Cooperatives and Social Enterprises (EURICSE). Read More

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What Difference Do Cooperatives Make? Poland. A Pilot Study

The OCDC Research Group (RG) carried out this pilot study in Poland as the first in a series of country studies designed to understand the extent to which objective evidence will demonstrate that cooperatives provide a sound platform on which to base broad-based international development … Read More

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