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African Cooperative Development Foundation

Collaborating to improve lives and livelihoods in Africa

The African Cooperative Development Foundation (ACDF), founded in 2018, is the philanthropic arm of ACCOSCA. Though the ACDF is autonomous, the aim is to support the work of ACCOSCA through cooperation and collaboration with mutually beneficial outcomes in mind. Our aim is to respond to development issues and disasters with international support and funding.

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ACDF Pillars

The ACDF Pillars are uniquely chosen to mitigate the emerging issues disrupting societies and communities.


Encouraging preventative health practices and access to quality medical care for all those who need it.
ex: hospital support


Ensure no one is left behind and those excluded, for whatever reason, become included in society as the norm.
ex: sanitary poverty


Improving lives and futures for people across Africa though quality educational programs.
ex: access to braille books and computers


Making changes that support our planet, our communities, and the livelihoods of people across Africa.
ex: managing forestation and deforestation

What we do

Project Catalyst

The ACDF was founded to support the work of African Development Educators (ADEs) across the continent, along with national associations and ACCOSCA. Our desire to support the development of life-changing projects in the areas of education, health, climate, and inclusion through African SACCOS is becoming a reality. To advance our work, ACDF is in the process of building out a strategy to fund greater project work in more countries through both ADEs and national associations.


Project Blossom

According to UNICEF, one in ten schoolgirls in Africa miss classes or drop out completely due to their period, and substitute pads or tampons for less safe and less absorbent materials such as rags, newspaper or bark. There are many aspects that link girls' School attendance rates to their menstrual cycles.


Project De4-Re4

Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world where it's needed most!

You can contribute by donating to plant a tree as part of One Tree Planted's reforestation efforts.

Reversing deforestation is complicated; planting trees is simple.  quote by Martin O'Malley


Don Bosco Special School in Kenya

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Wazalendo SACCO Hospital Support

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ACDF facilitates programs aligned to the ACDF pillars that build the skills and exposure for people across the continent.

Women in Leadership Program

Brief description here.

Youth Network

Brief description here.

Distinguished Service Awards

The awards honor those whose actions on behalf of Africa have brought about significant change to the continent – change that will impact our SACCOs and their members for many years to come. There is no set calendar or number of awards given each year, making this honor extremely significant. 

How you can help

ACDF cannot do this in isolation. We are creating a strategic plan to build financial support from African SACCOs and the greater credit union system. There are opportunities to support in the form of endorsements, events such as the annual ACDF dinner, project work, and sponsorships. Financial support will enable ACDF to grow the work of SACCOs across the continent affecting hundreds if not thousands of SACCO members. 


Promoting awareness of the challenges faced by different communities can be a powerful tool to garner support and drive positive change.


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