Our international projects span the globe, from mainland Europe to Malawi in the heart of Africa. With over 15 years’ experience in international co-operative development, our team will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to build sustainable communities and transform lives across the world.

What will I learn?

As an introductory course, you’ll be immersed in the world of international co-operative development right from the start, illustrated using real life case studies. 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 in the UK and internationally, and what opportunities and challenges this poses
  • The “co-operative difference” in international development and the crucial role that education plays within this

How will I learn?

Our workshops aren’t just about watching a presentation and taking notes. They’re interactive and dynamic, with all our team taking an active role in ensuring you get the best experience you can. On this course there will be:

  • Group activities to encourage the sharing of ideas about international co-operative development
  • Case studies for you to review, so you have a deeper understanding of the impact co-operatives have in changing people’s lives
  • Opportunities to interact and participate in discussions

Meet the team

Dr Sarah Alldred: With a background in Peace Studies, Sarah joined the College over five years ago and manages our international co-operative development programmes., Sarah’s role has taken 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: Has a background in gender, agriculture, international  and community development and has been with the College for the past 18 months promoting sustainable and inclusive development both in the UK and worldwide.

Key dates

This introductory course will take place over two webinars and a day school,  at our HQ in Manchester.

Webinar 1:  10th May 2-4pm

Webinar 2: 24th May 2-3.30pm

Day school in Manchester: 9th June 10-4pm


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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