About OCDC


The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council envisions a world where people in all countries have the opportunity to work together through cooperatives to create a better life for themselves and their communities.


The mission of OCDC is to champion, advocate and promote effective international cooperative development.

OCDC is a group of eight cooperative development organizations. The involvement of U.S. cooperative organizations in overseas activities grew out of the conviction that cooperative techniques, which have helped millions of American families, could be adapted to help people in developing countries achieve a better way of life.

uganda milk collection
OCDC member Land O’Lakes helped Ugandan dairy farmers start this cooperative.

OCDC members apply their expertise and approaches in a wide range of settings and countries. Currently, members have multi-year projects in over 70 countries worldwide. They also have been development partners with the U.S. government for more than 40 years.

Working on behalf of its members, OCDC:

  • Builds relationships with legislators and policymakers
  • Educates funders and seeks cooperative-development-related funding
  • Provides public relations
  • Facilitates information sharing among members

OCDC also serves as the umbrella organization for collaborative initiatives including CLARITY, the Measurements for Tracking Indicators of Cooperative Success (METRICS) project and develops resources such as the report, Cooperatives: Pathways to Economic, Democratic and Social Development in the Global Economy (pdf, 1 mb).