Cooperative Development

Jul 06, 2020
With USAID’s Offices of Local Sustainability and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Thursday, July 16, 2020
9:00-10:00 AM EDT WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE WEBINAR HERE Member-owned enterprises - or cooperatives - are catalysts for women’s economic empowerment. Through ownership of these businesses, women globally earn higher wages, have better market access, and more easily obtain leadership positions. However,... Read more
Jul 02, 2020
Ashley Holst, Global Communities Technical Specialist Cooperatives & Inclusive Businesses Read original blog post on As we celebrate International Day of the Cooperative this year, we recognize that over the last several months cooperatives have demonstrated their resilience and their dedication to bettering the world. The cooperative sector in Kenya jumped into action to help their members and communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. From individual cooperatives using their own funds to provide PPE and food to neighbors to national cooperative organizations initiating large... Read more
Jul 01, 2020
By Kristin Wilcox Feldman, Chief of Party, USAID CLEAR Program Link to article on The impacts of Covid-19 are weighing heavily on so many of us right now. As reality sinks in it becomes evident that Covid-19’s weight has hit some of us more dramatically than others. As governments globally struggle to implement measures addressing preventative and acute health priorities they are also forced to recognize that the most vulnerable populations health-wise are also in overlapping categories of economic vulnerability. This has been particularly true for those working in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which the World Bank... Read more
May 07, 2020
Dorthy Tindi Sitati Collaboration Learning & Adaption (CLA) Officer USAID CLEAR Program The Ushirika Hub was paid for by USAID Cooperative Development Program in partnership with Root Change, Global Communities, NCBA CLUSA & WOCCU   Government interference on cooperatives affairs is one of the challenges facing the development of cooperatives across Africa. Cooperatives will only be sustainable and successful businesses if they are autonomous. That said, cooperatives require an enabling regulatory environment and strong cooperative development services including appropriate knowledge and skills, and sound leadership and governance. The Ushirika Hub, a social network launched in Kenya in 2019, demonstrates how the cooperatives ecosystem can be strengthened through collaborations... Read more
Aug 20, 2019
Watching their neighbors setting up small businesses as an outcome of Village Savings and Loans Associations, these women decided they, too, would like to use this tool to overcome poverty and diversify incomes. This is the last part of the four-part series. You can read the beginning here, the second part here and the third part here. Pathways to improved livelihoods are limited in most rural communities in Ghana’s Northern Region. Poor road networks, periodically flooded waterways, and limited transportation options leave many communities without access to critical infrastructure and services, such as markets, healthcare, and banking services. This, coupled with a single rainy season... Read more
Apr 30, 2019
Since 2002, Global Communities has been working in the peri-urban communities or “ger” areas surrounding Mongolia’s largest cities. Ger areas are usually made up of thousands of small, fenced-in plots of land that remain isolated from the area’s main commercial activity and public services. These rural smallholders often struggle to produce high agricultural yields as they have little support from the central government, must face harsh Mongolian winters that can decimate their livestock and lack access to improved inputs, technically advanced production methods and alternative markets. Global Communities' work through the USAID-funded Enabling Market Integration for Rural Group Empowerment (EMIRGE) program has focused on expanding economic opportunities in these areas by promoting... Read more
Mar 26, 2019
Nairobi, Kenya — Global Communities, an international non-governmental organization working in Kenya, today at the Cooperative University of Kenya (CUK), unveiled the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Cooperatives Leadership Engagement Advocacy & Research (CLEAR) program. Global Communities, an organization that has been supporting cooperatives worldwide to achieve their social and economic objectives for over 60 years, has co-created this program alongside USAID’s Local Sustainability Unit, to focus on broadening the use of the cooperative business model in Kenya and creating a more supportive legislative environment. USAID CLEAR has three key objectives built on the foundation of a stronger, more connected... Read more
Jan 31, 2019
Global Communities announced today a new partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Fair Congo Sarl, IMPACT, and Levin Sources to establish a commercially viable, conflict-free artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply chain originating from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The five-year, $11.9 million program funded by USAID builds on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly produced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe.  According to the DRC mining law, artisanal miners are required to be members of a cooperative to engage in legal mining activities in designated artisanal mining sites. While some ASM cooperatives exist currently, many tend to exist in name... Read more
Jul 06, 2018
Cooperatives in Post-transition Poland   Cooperative Housing Legacy 1991 to Present Day From 1991- 2000, Global Communities, then known as CHF International, worked in post-transition Poland under funding from USAID, seeking to help cooperatives re-establish themselves as organizations capable of delivering housing and addressing some of the key housing issues in the newly forming market economy. After learning from a small pilot program, Global Communities began the Agency to Support Housing Initiatives (AWIM) training program which worked to expand the capacity of local facilitators to create cooperative housing. Small and run according to democratic principles, these new cooperatives were doing things differently, allowing members... Read more
Mar 06, 2018
  Community-driven Development for More Resilient Communities Funded by USAID, the Promoting Resiliency through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program employed a locally-driven, learning-focused approach to work with communities in South Sudan and help them identify, prioritize and implement projects to improve local resiliency. Through the program, Global Communities is used its Participatory Action for Community Enhancement (PACE) methodology to engage 54 communities through a process of community-driven development and associated assessments to determine needs and solutions for their most pressing development challenges. By promoting inclusive community-driven development tailored to the unique needs of diverse... Read more
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