Enhancing Development through Cooperatives

AIM

To develop projects for building the managerial capital of agricultural cooperatives in Africa.

APPROACH

Research-driven outreach to bridge and align rural leaders, 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 cooperatives from 10 countries
  • produced 21 peer-reviewed publications
  • organized 10 training/advocacy events (CLEs) involving 800 stakeholders, in 8 countries
  • provided advisory services to 7 donors, 5 NGOs, 4 firms, 4 Universities, 3 CGIAR centers.
  • created a network of local consultants from 9 African countries
  • contributed to develop projects (pdf) (online) and managerial capital for African coops
  • obtained accreditation by the AMEA Global Alliance
  • obtained membership of the CIRIEC International Scientific Network