Award Lunch & Keynote Address – The Challenge of Change: Staying Relevant


The world is changing at a rapid pace. In response, governments, businesses, cooperatives and NGOs are also changing their operating models to respond to global trends. There is a convergence on the goals for international development, embodied by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and a recognition that that aid is not enough. It is widely accepted that we need to move from traditional funding to financing, from monitoring activities to measuring impact. Today, companies also recognize the business value of global development efforts—especially in their supply chains—and investors are finding opportunities for returns combined with social impact. Can these efforts converge on a new model that will meet the ambitions of the SDGs? What are the new modalities for development and who are the new players?

KPMG Senior Director Martin Chrisney will discuss key trends in international development, business opportunities arising from a rapidly changing world and how businesses, including cooperatives, can stay relevant in the new international landscape.


OCDC Champion Award
The Cooperative Development Program (CDP), funded by USAID, is the only foreign assistance program dedicated exclusively to co-ops. In the early 60s, USAID encouraged the creation of an alliance of U.S. cooperatives—representing sectors from credit unions to agriculture—to implement programs funded by CDP. In 1982, the alliance was named the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC).

As the champion, advocate and promoter of effective, sustainable international cooperative development, OCDC will present the inaugural OCDC Champion Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual or individuals who champion, advocate and promote effective, sustainable international cooperative development.

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