Cooperatives enable the economic development and social participation of broad sections of the population. With our development projects we support cooperatives in many countries of the world.

Latin America

Mexico

Mexico is one of the priority countries in the DGRV’s project work in Latin America. Its marginalized population, which is to be given access to the formal economy through cooperatives, is mainly found in rural areas. For this reason, project activities are concentrated on rural and suburban regions in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacán […]

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Asia

Philippines

The cooperative movement in the Philippines looks back to a history of more than 120 years. There are more than 19,000 cooperatives in the country with more than 7,5 million members. The majority of them is multipurpose (i.e., operating business lines in multiple sectors) mostly with a strong focus on credit operations. In many cases, […]

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Africa

Cameroon

Cameroon is a country with about 26.6 million inhabitants. It borders Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and the Atlantic Ocean. The largest cities are the capital Yaoundé and the port city Douala. The latter is an important hub for the landlocked member states of the Central African […]

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Africa

Tunisia

DGRV has begun a longer-term approach to cooperative development in Tunisia. In 2017, DGRV received a request from the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries (MARHP) to contribute its cooperative expertise to the revision of the legal framework in Tunisia. As a result, consultative and exploratory talks were held. Since January 2021, DGRV […]

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Africa

Mozambique

In Mozambique we support primary cooperatives in different parts of the country and different value chains to be economically successful and sustainable. On a secondary and tertiary level, we are fostering exchange among cooperatives and explore the possibilities and benefits of formalized structures which create a benefit for members of primary cooperatives.

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Africa

South Africa

In South Africa we support different governmental institutions, cooperatives as well as traditional, indigenous structures to support primary cooperatives. Cooperatives are an important tool in South Africa to foster economic engagement of marginalized parts of society especially in rural and semi-urban settings. At the same time cooperatives play an important role when it comes to […]

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Africa

Eswatini

In the small landlocked country of Eswatini we work with a well-established and prosperous cooperative sector which we supported and accompanied in the last couple of years to establish the National Cooperative Federation of Eswatini (NCFE) recognized by the government as the only Apex-body of the entire sector. DGRV is and will support the NCFE […]

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Latin America

Brazil

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

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Asia

India

In India we offer our support to Self-Help-Groups and Farmer Producer Organisations through a regional project financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Africa

Uganda

The DGRV Uganda Country Project commenced operations in July 2019, legally instituted as a non-profit International Non-Government Organisation (INGO). It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through DGRV’s supra-regional Project; “Promotion of Cooperative Structures in East Africa” as a contribution to strengthening and improving livelihoods in the rural […]

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Asia

Turkey

The agricultural structure in Turkey is dominated by family farms. It is characterised by small, highly parcelled land, whose competitiveness, despite high subsidies, is low by European standards. Cooperatives are regarded as an essential organisational model to strengthen the competitiveness of these small enterprises and to promote the necessary modernisation and market adjustment. Rural cooperatives […]

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Latin America

Peru

Our activities in Peru are part of the CoopSur Project. Within the CoopSur project, we work with cooperatives and other forms of member-based cooperation in the agricultural sector, the financial sector, and the renewable energy sector. The project’s objectives pursue a multilevel approach in all sectors, addressing sustainability, protection, competitiveness, stability and continuous training. The […]

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Latin America

Paraguay

Our activities in Paraguay are part of the CoopSur Project. Within the CoopSur project, we work with cooperatives and other forms of member-based cooperation in the agricultural sector, the financial sector, and the renewable energy sector. The project’s objectives pursue a multilevel approach in all sectors, addressing sustainability, protection, competitiveness, stability, and continuous training. The […]

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Asia

Vietnam

DGRV has been operating in Vietnam since the end of 1990s by providing support at all levels. Amongst others, DGRV has consulted the Vietnamese partners on developing and revising the cooperative law and various by-laws related to the model. In the phase from 2021-2023, Vietnam, which is part of DGRVs regional WINGS project- Economic Inclusion […]

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Asia

Laos

With its country-wide programme in Lao PDR, DRGV aims at contributing to the improvement of the economic situation of farmers and micro-, small- and medium enterprises by strengthening self-help groups and cooperatives. The DGRV Team in Laos works on all three levels. On the Macro level the team advices the local partners, the Ministry of […]

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Africa

Kenya

With assistance of the BMZ – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development DGRV implements a co-operative development project in Kenya since 2017. Within the framework of this project, DGRV promotes in particular access to educational opportunities and training for Co-operatives.  Local project partners and national stakeholders also regard these training measures as a central […]

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Latin America

Honduras

There are more than 2,500 savings and credit cooperatives (SCC), and production and service cooperatives in the country, which contribute around 5% to the country’s GDP. There are secondary institutions, such as FACACH, the national SCC federation, to which 88 SCC with around 850,000 members are affiliated. Amongst these members are more than 50% women […]

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Latin America

Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the countries with the highest social and economic inequality in the world and a long-standing historical background of social exclusion. In the country, cooperatives make significant contributions towards reducing MSMEs and marginalized populations entry barriers to compete within the economic system. In addition, cooperatives provide their members with benefits according to […]

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Latin America

El Salvador

The project in El Salvador is intended to contribute to financial inclusion in the country through its long-standing cooperation with FEDECACES (Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives), focusing on financial education, improved financial services and the continuous expansion of service points in the country. Unfortunately, in El Salvador the various cooperative sectors haven´t worked in […]

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Latin America

Ecuador

DGRV is active nationwide in the Ecuadorian cooperative sector. The aim of the project is to improve the income situation of micro-entrepreneurs and family farms, as well as to secure the savings of members of savings and credit cooperatives. At makro level, the DGRV team in Ecuador advises the supervisor of the cooperative sector (SEPS) […]

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Latin America

Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, DGRV works together with AIRAC (Asociación de Instituciones Rurales de Ahorro y Crédito), an association of rural savings and credit cooperatives. At meso level, DGRV supports the staff of AIRAC’s member cooperatives with training (credit risk, good governance, etc.). At micro level, DGRV provides AIRAC with the software “Social Balance” and […]

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Latin America

Costa Rica

DGRV project activities in Costa Rica mainly focus on two key areas: We support our partner INFOCOOP, the public cooperative institute, in fostering its supervisory function providing three different softwares for credit union financial indicators, for assessing the internal control systems and performing financial audits of all types of cooperatives. INFOCOOP is also advised by […]

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Latin America

Colombia

The project work in Colombia mainly focuses on two key areas: DGRV supports its partner VISIONAMOS, operator of the Red Coopcentral payment system, in running a technical advice program for affiliated credit cooperatives. The focus is on strategic and financial planning, social balance sheets, an internal control system and profitability calculations. The benefiting cooperatives make […]

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Latin America

Chile

Our activities in Chile are part of the CoopSur Project. Within the CoopSur project, we work with cooperatives and other forms of member-based cooperation in the agricultural sector, the financial sector, and the renewable energy sector. The project’s objectives pursue a multilevel approach in all sectors, addressing sustainability, protection, competitiveness, stability and continuous training. The […]

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Asia

Cambodia

With its country-wide programme in Cambodia, DRGV aims at promoting a functioning, multi-level cooperative system that enables cooperatives, and very specifically their farmer members to improve their individual economic situation. By promoting cooperative self-help, the project contributes to improving economic and social structures, strengthening civil society and reducing poverty. In Cambodia, DGRV is following a […]

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