Enhancing Development through Cooperatives (EDC)

A Research-driven Curriculum for Rural Leaders


The EDC curriculum is developed by the International Cooperative Research Group of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC). It provides a set of tools to foster adult learning and align leadership for cooperative development. The EDC curriculum is designed to build the managerial capital of rural cooperatives, to boost pro-poor, democratic and sustainable agribusiness development in African countries south of the Sahara.


Research-driven training to inspire and enable change-management and organizational-innovation in cooperatives that are owned and controlled by rural smallholders, in order to:

  • build cohesion and evade or overcome conflicts of interest among members
  • maximize business/members ratios (or revenues generated per member)
  • consolidate farmland as well as agricultural activities, practices and investments
  • develop business plans based on strategic alliances between cooperatives


The EDC curriculum is conceived to engage the leaders and stakeholders of agricultural cooperatives in interactive, participatory, incremental and transformative learning experiences or Cooperative Learning and Leadership Events (CLLEs). The CLLEs are designed to:

  • collect data on the leadership and performance of agricultural cooperatives
  • deliver research-driven training to cooperative leaders and their stakeholders
  • conceive strategic-alliances, business plans and advocacy campaigns


Since 2013, the leaders and stakeholders of more than 1,000 rural cooperatives have been surveyed and trained on the basis of the EDC curriculum, through the organization of 17 CLLEs in 9 African countries.

This work has produced:

The EDC curriculum is accredited by:

  • by the AMEA Global Alliance
  • the CIRIEC International Scientific Network