Enhancing Development through Cooperatives

A research-based curriculum on rural leadership


The EDC curriculum offers a set of tools for action research, capacity building and policy making in support of rural cooperation across the African continent.


Research-driven training and advocacy to improve the management of agribusiness, farmland and natural resources in organizations that are owned and controlled by rural smallholders.


The EDC curriculum is implemented through Cooperative Learning and Leadership Events (CLLEs), which are designed to:

  • collect primary data on cooperative organizations from rural Africa

  • train their managers, leaders and members

  • develop inter-cooperative business plans

  • disseminate cross-country innovations in rural governance


Since 2013, EDC has organized 17 CLLEs in 9 African countries (see map below), reaching out to the representatives and stakeholders of about 1,000 rural cooperatives, and giving rise to: