National Association of Companies and Cooperatives
CLUSA Internacional

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We execute projects for sustainable, economic and social development, which contribute to promoting and strengthening associative and cooperative work.

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National Association of Companies and Cooperatives
CLUSA Internacional

Organized in 1916, NCBA CLUSA has more than 100 years of experience in International and Cooperative Development. Since 1953 it has worked with communities in more than 90 countries around the world. We currently carry out activities in 26 countries in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

We are implementing partners of development projects with the United States Agency for International Development - USAID and the United States Department of Agriculture - USDA. We also work with different government entities, foundations and the private sector (Government of Norway, Master-Card Foundation, McCormick & Co. among others).

Also present in Guatemala

NCBA CLUSA Guatemala, has been executing projects in the Altiplano of the country (Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, San Marcos, Sololá, Totonicapán), attending to local needs at the community level that facilitate sustainable economic and social development, including financial mechanisms with a territorial approach, associative and cooperative work, agriculture sensitive to nutrition, gender and social inclusion, capacity building, articulation and development of enterprises and businesses, among others.

In recent years, within the framework of the Phase V Cooperative Development Program, support activities have been carried out on key issues related to irregular migration, indigenous peoples and social inclusion. 

Our Mission and Vision

The National Association of Cooperative Businesses CLUSA International -NCBA CLUSA-, is the leading voice in the United States of America for people who use cooperatives to build a better world. Our mission is to develop, promote and protect the cooperative enterprise.

NCBA CLUSA works to build a better world and a more inclusive economy that empowers people to contribute to shared prosperity and well-being for themselves and future generations.

 By leveraging the shared resources of the cooperative movement, we seek to engage, partner, and empower people from all walks of life, particularly those left behind by a changing economy and who face the greatest economic and social barriers. We achieve this vision through collaborative partnerships in development, advocacy, public awareness, and thought leadership. 

A non-profit organization, with a cooperative social base and based on values

NCBA CLUSA seeks to alleviate poverty through social and economic empowerment. Our associative and cooperative strategies provide innovative local solutions that promote sustainable economic and social development. We act as advocates and promoters of inclusive economies. 

NCBA CLUSA envisions a world where people have the knowledge, resources, and authority to build prosperity and well-being, for themselves and future generations.

We work in three areas to achieve this vision: 



cooperatives and

Cooperative Development Program Phase V - CDP V

Improving the Development Environment for Cooperative Expansion

Uno de los objetivos del Programa CDP V de USAID en Guatemala, is to contribute to the promotion and strengthening of the cooperative movement in the country, paying special attention to the approaches related to high-impact issues, seeking, among others, the development of opportunities for young people, empowerment for women and promoting projects that allow reduce the migration flows of Guatemalans to the United States of America.

This program seeks to improve the enabling environment for cooperatives in the countries of: Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania, Madagascar and Kenya; focusing on three main objectives.

Improve the legal framework and regulatory environment.

Promote the capacities of local organizations to support the cooperative sector.

Provide specialized technical assistance to cooperatives.

It is a non-profit foundation with a national and international focus, which since 1944 promotes community, economic and social development through cooperative companies. CDF provides grants for various areas within which we can highlight training scholarships for cooperative members and funding for research; as well as technical assistance and education, to promote a better understanding of how cooperativism works, and create sustainable cooperatives. 

Its mission is to promote and develop cooperatives to improve economic opportunities for all.

To aid the reconstruction and development of European cooperatives in the post war era, US co-ops form the Freedom Fund, later renamed CDF.
CDF establishes the World Co-ops Partners program and helps launch the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.
CDF rallies the cooperative and philanthropic communities to support the predevelopment financing for cooperative housing for seniors in rural areas.
The Mutual Insurance Foundation brings a new focus on cooperative solutions for rural seniors.Today, this work is supported by the Cooperative Development Fund.
Attention is turned to developing grassroots, self-help organizations in 3rd world countries. The work becomes a blueprint for co-op development world wide.
CDF assists in the formation the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. The first members of the Hall of Fame are inducted in 1976.
Homestead Housing Center is created, CDF supports the Natitonal Rural Cooperative Development Task Force, and The Howard Bowers Fund is established.
CDF greatly expands its work with rural seniors. Foundation assets more than double - Cooperative Education Fund and the CoBank Donor Advisor Fund are created.


Ente rector de las políticas de desarrollo económico en Guatemala.Encargado de facilitar el desarrollo competitivo de la MIPYMES productoras de bienes y de la prestación de servicios, en esta categorización se incluyen las Cooperativas.

Ente rector del cooperativismo en Guatemala, se encarga de fomentar el cooperativismo, proporcionar asistencia técnica y administrativa y llevar el registro de cooperativas del país.

Entidad Estatal a cargo de la fiscalización y vigilancia permanente de las cooperativas, federaciones y confederación, adscrita a INACOP, con independencia funcional, administrativa y económica.

Fundada en 1961, universidad católica privada, nombrada en honor al poeta guatemalteco. Forma parte de la Asociación de Universidades confiadas a la Compañía de Jesús en América Latina. Cuenta con presencia nacional y posee facultades que atienden a las diferentes ramas académicas. 

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