Evaluation confirms that co-operatives reduce poverty

Co-operatives in the developing world are improving the livelihoods of their members and Canadian efforts to support those co-operatives are helping them do that.

Those are just two of the findings from a comprehensive evaluation of Canadian support to co-operatives commissioned by the Canadian International Development Agency– now the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).  The evaluation is the first of its kind, focusing on a specific development approach  rather than a project or organization and was prompted, in part, to commemorate the International Year of Co-operatives in 2012.  The evaluation looked at the work of three organizations – The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), Développement International Desjardins(DID), and SOCODEVI – in three countries – Guatemala, Vietnam, and Burkina Faso.  Three other countries where co-operative development has not been particularly successful – Cameroon, Honduras, and Tanzania -were chosen as “deviant case studies”  in an effort to more accurately isolate those things that work, and do not work in developing successful co-operative movements.

Visit CCA’s website to read the evaluation.

-Canadian Co-operative Association

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