Cooperative Development Program

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The Cooperative Development Program (CDP) is a global initiative that focuses on building capacity of cooperative businesses and cooperative systems for self-reliance, local ownership, and sustainability. The CDP program is currently partnered with 12 Cooperative Development Organizations (CDOs) working in the sectors of agriculture, finance, health, energy, and information technology. These partners represent more than 120 million U.S. constituents.

With their specialized expertise, implementing partners have advanced cooperative businesses and systems in more than 18 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Activities are targeted to strengthen cooperative businesses in several ways including improved governance, capitalization, gender empowerment, youth engagement, financial management, market performance, and advocacy. The program also prioritizes collaboration among partners through working groups, cooperative research, learning, and dissemination of cooperative development resources. During the life of the program, activities have supported more than 500 cooperatives and credit unions with a combined savings of $495 million. During this time period, the program has also:

  • Provided health insurance and services to more than 42,000 people in Uganda
  • Leveraged more than $95 million of investments for cattle cooperatives in South Africa
  • Increased member equity among cacao cooperatives in Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic by more than $4 million
  • Reformed cooperative law and regulation in Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya


For more information about the Cooperative Development Program, please contact To learn more about our other programs, visit the Office of Local Sustainability's webpage.


Last updated: December 04, 2018

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