In Brazil we offer our support through one project financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The DGRV project in Brazil covers three different topics: cooperatives in rural areas, renewable energy and financial cooperatives. In order to reduce regional inequalities, the project operates mainly in northern and north-eastern Brazil.

Cooperatives in rural areas are strengthened through the program AceleraCoop, which operates in the areas of management, governance, strategic planning and more, promoting the establishment of networks, partnerships and alliances for these cooperatives. This program, developed by the partner SESCOOP Nacional with help of DGRV, aims to improve the structure and services offered by these cooperatives in order to generate employment and sustainable income for its members.

Regarding the production of renewable energy by cooperatives, a great potential can be identified for the whole sector, including new cooperatives for the production and/or consumption of renewable energies but also cooperatives operating in all other sectors. The possibility of reducing energy costs and contributing to the protection of the environment through own energy production and a higher energy efficiency has only recently raised the attention of the Brazilian population and still calls for a higher degree of recognition. Dialogue and exchange between the group of cooperatives involved in renewable energy production and consumption will also be stimulated.

Credit cooperatives in Brazil are an excellent instrument to foster financial inclusion and to encourage competition in a highly concentrated market. On the one hand, the project, in cooperation with the Organização das Cooperativas Brasileiras (OCB) and the cooperative financial sector contributes to increase the presence of credit cooperatives in northern and north-eastern Brazil. On the other hand, it fosters an appropriate regulation as well as an efficient and prudent supervision in order to offer sustainable, secure and competitive financial services. In this way, the project, in cooperation with the Central Bank stimulates the exchange of experiences and good practices at a national and international level, especially with the cooperative financial sector in Germany. Furthermore, it promotes a better understanding of the impact of financial cooperatives on the attended communities.

Sustainable Development Goals

Our BMZ Project in Brazil contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially:



The activities of the project in Brazil utilize the following instruments:

  • National and international seminars, workshops and events
  • Provision of information material (publications, videos)
  • Consulting and monitoring of cooperatives
  • Training
  • Professional visits



Project Director

Dr. Matthias Arzbach

DGRV Director Brasil

Camila Japp

Senior Project Advisor

Silvio Giusti

Head of Administration

Monica Lehmann


OCB – Organização das Cooperativas Brasileiras

OCB is the leading entity representing cooperatives in Brazil. Its objective is to promote a favorable environment for the development of Brazilian cooperatives through political and institutional representation. It works on the pillar of renewable energy as an opportunity for the cooperative sector as well as issues of training and expansion of action and presence of credit cooperatives in the north and northeast regions.

SESCOOP – Serviço de Aprendizagem do Cooperativismo

SESCOOP is the organization of the cooperative sector linked to OCB for the areas of training and technical advice with the mission of promoting the cooperative culture and improving its management for a further development of Brazilian cooperatives. With the support of DGRV, it implements the “AcceleraCoop” Program with its strategy focused on the northern and north-eastern regions of Brazil (Pará, Tocantins and Ceará), strengthening and creating synergies among them,

BCB – Banco Central do Brasil


BCB is the Central Bank of Brazil with a mandate for the regulation and supervision of the financial sector including savings and credit cooperatives. Together with the University of the Central Bank it carries out internal training activities (central bank servers) and activities of interest to the financial cooperative sector.


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