Global evidence demonstrates that discrimination and lack of access to opportunities can limit a person’s agency to fully participate in social and economic opportunities. NCBA CLUSA envisions a world where people have the knowledge, resources, and authority to build prosperity and well-being, for themselves and future generations. Therefore, inclusive development is crucial to ensuring all populations can fully access resources and programs that will lead to a better, longer, and healthier quality of life.
NCBA CLUSA recognizes that gender equality, youth empowerment, and inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented communities is essential for creating strong and effective international development programs. As such, NCBA CLUSA understands the critical importance of creating programs through an intersectional lens that empowers individuals, their families, and communities, regardless of identity, to transform their own societies and thus create sustainable and inclusive outcomes.
NCBA CLUSA plays a unique role in international development. For more than 65 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in 100+ countries in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, building resilient communities, creating economic opportunities and strengthening cooperatives and producer organizations. Our work empowers smallholder farmers, women and youth in the areas of food security and nutrition-led agriculture, climate-smart agriculture, market development, natural resources management, positive youth development, gender equality and enabling regulatory environments.
NCBA CLUSA is uniquely positioned to drive inclusive development around the world. In addition to serving as an international development organization, NCBA CLUSA is also the apex trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States. Cooperatives span all sectors of the economy and are guided by a set of universal principles and ethics. All cooperatives function under the ideals of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. NCBA CLUSA’s approach to international development is based on these values and principles of the cooperative identity. Our cooperative strategies and innovative local solutions catalyze economic and social development. We act as advocates for, and drivers of, inclusive economies.