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Cooperative Development Activity 4

Group of women in Rwanda
Credit: Land O'Lakes Venture37

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Fair Trade Lebanon, Georges N. Frem Foundation (GNFF), Picture Impact, Katie Carlson Consulting LLC

Period of Implementation

August 2018 - August 2023

Geographic scope

Asia-Pacific: Lebanon

Africa: Malawi, Rwanda


$ 11,500,000
€ 10 952 381


Bilateral Aid: USAID


Agriculture & Fisheries, Social, Trade

Type of Activity

Business-to-Business exchanges, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Monitoring & Evaluation, Research & Study, Value Chains / Socioeconomic Circuits


The project focuses on three core activities: improving the business performance of organizations, strengthening the enabling environment of cooperatives, and increasing the global research and understanding of cooperatives in Lebanon, Rwanda, and Malawi.

Project Objectives

Through CD4, Venture37 is strengthening the enabling environment for cooperative organizations through tailored technical assistance to apex organizations and by transitioning the established cooperative learning platform to local ownership. In collaboration with these apex organizations, Venture37 is also providing technical support to unions and primary cooperatives to strengthen their business performance and self-reliance.

Impact on SDGs

SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG2 - Zero Hunger
SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG13 - Climate Action

Main Indicators

# of women trained in the project, % of cooperatives with improved governance, % increase in perceived value of apex organization, % increase in perceived value of primary cooperatives, and value of increased revenue

Impact Measurement

Program evaluations, Annual data collection and Monitoring

Direct beneficiaries

Organisations: 32

Individuals: 6500

Key Tags

Entrepreneurship, Food Security, Gender