Enhancing Development

through Cooperatives


The EDC program aims at building the managerial capital of agricultural cooperatives, in order to create employment, foster business and alleviate poverty in rural Africa.


Research-driven outreach to advocate for and enable change in cooperative management, through:

  • business planning (to increase business/members ratio)
  • growth management (to consolidate membership)
  • organizational professionalization (to recruit external managers)
  • capture management (to raise funds for investments)
  • business specialization (to improve value chain integration)
  • conflict management (to contain members' side-selling)


Cooperative Learning and Leadership Events (CLLEs):

  • to collect data on cooperative leadership and performance
  • to leverage cross-country research and in-country institutions to advocate for change in cooperative management
  • to deliver management training, coaching and consulting to cooperative leaders (or board members)


Since 2008, EDC has:

  • collected data on 1,300 coops from 10 countries
  • produced 21 peer-reviewed policy/research publications
  • developed assessment and training tools
  • reached out to 563 coops in 8 countries, through 10 CLLEs
  • provided advisory services to 17 agricultural 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