Cooperative Development Program

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USAID’s Office of Local Sustainability (E3/LS) manages the Cooperative Development Program (CDP), a global initiative that is building the capacity of cooperative businesses and cooperative systems for self-reliance, local ownership, and sustainability. CDP currently includes 12 U.S.-based cooperative development organizations (CDOs) working in the sectors of agriculture, finance, health, energy, and information technology. These partners represent one in three U.S. constituents.

With their specialized expertise, U.S.-based implementing partners have advanced cooperative businesses and systems in more than 18 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia through CDP. Activities 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.

Over the past 18 years, CDP activities have supported more than 500 cooperatives and credit unions with a combined savings of nearly half a billion dollars. $495 million. Further, CDP has:

  • Provided health insurance and services to more than 42,000 people in Uganda
  • Leveraged nearly $100 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


USAID Missions and Operating Units interested in strengthening cooperatives or improving cooperative enabling environments can access E3/LS's Cooperative Development Program Annual Program Statement (APS) mechanism here.

For more information about the CDP, please contact

To learn more about other E3/LS programs, visit the Office of Local Sustainability's webpage.

Last updated: June 20, 2019

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