This unique course has been designed to respond to the growing interest in the role that co-operatives play in the field of international development.

What will I learn?

In this introductory course you’ll be immersed in the world of international co-operative development from the outset, illustrated using real life case studies and supported by a whole host of resources. You’ll also learn about:

  • The diversity and reach of the global co-operative movement and how co-ops have transformed the lives of individuals across the world
  • Some of the similarities and differences in how co-ops work internationally, looking at both opportunities and challenges
  • The “co-operative difference” in international development and the crucial role that education plays within this

Key dates

  • 7 November – 2018 Webinar 1: The role of co-operatives in international development
  • 21st November 2018 – Webinar 2: Tackling global challenges through international co-operative development
  • 1st December 2018 – Day school: Co-operatives in the field – projects, process and partnerships

How will I learn?

Our workshops aren’t just about watching a presentation and taking notes. We use ZOOM technology as well as face-to-face sessions to ensure they’re interactive and dynamic, with our team taking an active role in ensuring you get the best learning experience possible. On this course there will be:

  • Group activities to encourage the sharing of ideas about international co-operative development so  participants can learn from each other and make connections.
  • Case studies for you to review and analyse, giving you have a deeper understanding of the impact co-operatives have in changing people’s lives.

Meet the team

With a wealth of experience in international co-operative development, our team is well placed to highlight how co-operatives strive to build sustainable communities and transform lives across the world.

Dr Sarah Alldred: With a background in Peace Studies, Sarah manages the College’s international co-operative development programmes, taking her to a whole host of different countries including Ethiopia, Malawi, Colombia, and right across Europe through our work on the Co-operatives Europe Development Platform.

Dr Amanda Benson: Specialising in gender, agriculture, international and community development, Amanda coordinates the College research and projects to promote sustainable and inclusive development both in the UK and worldwide.


Here at the College we welcome bursary applications across a range of our courses  - please find details here.

Member discount

Individual and organisational members are entitled to 15% off the price of a standard ticket for this course. Just enter the code at checkout.

Not an individual member? Join from as little as £4 per month. See more about our membership offer here.

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