International Co-operative Development webinar

The focus of this event will be to explore how International Co-operative Development (ICD) projects in the Global South can improve people's lives, creating sustainable, fair and equitable communities. Building on the experience of the Co-operative College and its partner organisations in leading and facilitating ICD initiatives over many years, our panel of international experts will consider and debate a number of issues, including:

How is ICD different from a more traditional 'foreign aid' approach to international development?

What does good practice in ICD look like?

How do we keep diversity and inclusion at the core of ICD principles and outcomes?


The webinar will take place on Tuesday 29 November, running from 3pm to 4.30pm (GMT)


LuAnn Werner, Deputy CEO of OCDC

LuAnn is a dynamic development professional and the majority of her career has been focused on international programming. Her passion is using her co-operative knowledge and management skills to promote effective international co-operative growth. LuAnn led two international co-operative development projects focused on increasing incomes and stimulating the economic growth of farmers in several East African countries. Her agriculture, food security, market access and youth development experience span multiple countries throughout Southern and Eastern Africa as well as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India. LuAnn has worked for cooperatives and non-profits throughout her career.

Sara Vicari, Founder of

Sara Vicari, PhD, is a socio-economic researcher, expert on qualitative and participatory methods, and passionate about co-ops and their role in sustainable human development. She has built her expertise working with primary co-operatives, apex organisations, international institutions and academia; she has carried out or supervised fieldwork research in several countries worldwide.

Since 2019, Sara has been a Postdoc Research fellow at the Department of Economics of Roma Tre University.

Danilo Salerno, Regional Director of ICA Cooperatives of the Americas

Danilo Salerno is an international development expert with a passion for multilateralism and a deep sense of justice, fairness, and equality. 

He has an extensive professional record within the co-operative movement, both at domestic and international level. Danilo has a degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna (with a thesis on the emergence of the Chilean co-operative movement), and two Masters degrees. Before his current role, Danilo was serving as Director of Coopermondo, the NGO created by Confcooperative, the largest apex organisation of the Italian co-operative movement.

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We expect this event to be lively, informative and busy! To ensure you reserve your place, please register for your free ticket below.

Instructions on how to join the session will be sent by email closer to the date of the event.

The webinar will be recorded to enable us to share it with a wider audience afterwards.

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