Enhancing Development

through Cooperatives

AIM

EDC builds the "managerial capital" of cooperatives in rural Africa, in order to improve the impact, sustainability and scalability of agricultural development projects.

APPROACH

Research-driven outreach to bridge and align rural leaders/managers, local consultants, national policymakers and international donors in helping cooperatives increase their:

  • business/members ratio
  • organizational professionalization
  • capture management
  • product specialization
  • member satisfaction

ACHIEVEMENTS

Since 2008, EDC has:

  • collected data on 1,300 coops from 10 countries
  • produced 21 peer-reviewed policy/research publications
  • developed tools for assessing and training coops' management
  • organized 10 training/advocacy events (CLEs) for 800 stakeholders in 8 countries
  • advised 17 development projects
  • created a network of local consultants from 9 African countries
  • contributed to success stories (pdf) (online) and development impact
  • obtained accreditation by the AMEA Global Alliance
  • obtained membership of the CIRIEC International Scientific Network