Enhancing Development

through Cooperatives

AIM

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.

APPROACH

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)

ACTIVITIES

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)

ACHIEVEMENTS

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