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World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU)

Base of operations (headquarters)

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Who we are

World Council is the leading voice for advocacy and governance on behalf of the international credit union community. World Council promotes economic freedom and the sustainable growth of financial cooperatives across the globe through education, collaboration, and community-based development projects.


What we do

World Council activities and services are conducted through our three-pronged structure:

  • Our development programs promote economic security, resilience and livelihoods strengthening through the sustainable development of local, well-managed savings-led financial institutions to empower millions of marginalized and traditionally unbanked people;
  • The trade association advocates internationally to achieve better legislative and regulatory outcomes for credit unions and their members, provides education and global networking, champions the credit union and cooperative financial institution model worldwide, and grows and strengthens the credit union system with technical assistance, training and tools for management, outreach and networking;
  • The Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions supports the development programs, International Partnerships Program, member education and training, and disaster relief.


Bilateral Aid/Government agencies: USAID, USDA, US Department of State

Foundations: Gates Foundation, Visa, Mastercard

Multilateral Aid: UNCDF, World Bank

Year of foundation


General Contact

Contact Name: Andrew Price

Email: aprice@woccu.org

Development Contact

Contact Name: Cecilia Thoma

Email: Cthoma@woccu.org

Phone: +1.202.599.2796