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Creating an Environment for Cooperative Expansion (CECE)

Savings and Credit co-op building

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Rural Urban Development Initiatives (RUDI) in Tanzania. National Confederation of Cooperatives (CONFENACOOP) in Peru. ONI Worker Co-op in Madagasar.

Period of Implementation

August 2018 - August 2023

Geographic scope

Americas: Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru

Africa: Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania


$ 7,869,357
€ 7 494 626


Bilateral Aid: USAID


Agriculture & Fisheries, Banking & Financial Services, Rural Development

Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Legal and Regulatory framework, Technical Assistance & Advisory, Training & Capacity Building


Through CECE, a project under USAID’s longstanding Cooperative Development Program, NCBA CLUSA operates in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Guatemala, Peru, and Ecuador to improve legal and regulatory frameworks for cooperatives. Strengthen capacity of local institutions to provide quality cooperative development services. And improve the performance of more than 65 agricultural cooperatives and savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOS) through tailored training, coaching, and peer-to-peer learning. Selected global results through FY21: Strengthening the capacity of 67 agricultural cooperatives and SACCOs (11 in Kenya, 29 in Tanzania, 10 in Madagascar, 15 in Peru, and 2 in Guatemala). Cooperative law analyses completed in 5 countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Guatemala, Peru, and Ecuador. In partnership with cooperative sector stakeholders, supported development and submission of cooperative law reform proposals in 5 countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Guatemala, and Peru. Strengthening capacities of over 30 local support organizations (from public and private sector) to deliver quality cooperative development services.

Project Objectives

The 3 main goals of the project include: 1) Improving enabling environments for cooperatives, 2) Enhancing support to cooperatives, and 3) Improving overall performance of cooperatives.

Impact on SDGs

SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG10 - Reduced Inequalities

Main Indicators

Number (#) of Cooperative Members Benefiting from Services and Resources Delivered through cooperatives and Credit Unions. Number (#) of cooperatives, private enterprises, producer organizations, women's groups, trade and business associations, and community-based organizations (CBOs) supported. Number (#) of institutions and organizations supporting cooperatives strengthened. Number (#) of events contributing to cooperative enabling environment strengthened. Percentage (%) of female participants in USG-assisted programs designed to increase access to productive economic resources (assets, credit, income or employment)

Impact Measurement

Baseline, annual surveys, mid-term evaluation, final evaluation, cooperative assessments

Direct beneficiaries

Organisations: 116

Individuals: 113867

Local stakeholders

Guatemala: National Institute of Cooperatives (INACOP), Independent Cooperative Sector, Latin American Social Sciences Faculty (FLACSO), Ministry of Economy (MINECO), etc.
Kenya: Cooperative Alliance of Kenya (CAK), State Department of Cooperatives (SDC), Meru and Nandi County Governments, Capital SACCO, Meru Dairy Union, Nandi Dairy Union, etc.
Madagascar: Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumption (MICC), Ministry of National Education and Professional and Technical Education (MENTP), University of Antananarivo, ONI Worker Cooperative, etc.
Peru: Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) and Department of Cooperatives, Ministry of Agriculture (MIDAGRI), National Confederation of Cooperatives (CONFENACOOP), National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA), National Penitentiary Institute (INPE), COCLA Coffee Cooperative, Dulce Esperanza, etc.
Tanzania: Rural Urban Development Initiatives (RUDI), Tanzania Cooperative Development Comission (TCDC), Tanzania Federation for Cooperatives (TFC), Moshi Cooperative University (MOCU), Cooperative Audit and Supervision Corporation (COASCO), etc.
Ecuador (only 2019-2021): Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Superintendency of Popular and Solidarity Economy (SEPS).

Key Tags

Entrepreneurship, Gender, Youth