DGRV - German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation is the cross-sector umbrella federation and auditing association of the cooperative sector in Germany. The DGRV coordinates the cooperative work and represents the common interests of cooperatives in Germany and Europe.


Internationally, the DGRV has been involved in development work for over 30 years. Today, the DGRV is active in more than 30 countries and maintains project offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America. More than 100 local and expatriate staff are implementing our activities. The DGRV’s International Relations Department located in Bonn coordinates the international projects.


Cooperatives are a proven organisational and legal form for cooperation in various ways and in different sectors, from which the individual members as well as the entire committed community benefit. Cooperatives promote and organise entrepreneurial self-help. They are significantly contributing to the development of a country as they are based on local initiative and economic power. Members are both bearers and beneficiaries of economic activities. Cooperatives combine the advantages of decentralised activities with the strengths of regional and national networking. The principles of self-help, self-administration and self-responsibility introduced by Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen are of crucial importance in this context.


With its international projects, the AIB supports the development of cooperatives, their federations and associated cooperative structures in selected partner countries. Here, the development work focuses on advising project partners, ministries and development organisations at local, regional and national level. The regional programmes aim at providing disadvantaged population groups access to markets and services in order to counteract structural poverty. In doing so, the activities are based on the entrepreneurial cooperative principles, their adapted implementation and the multi-tier approach.


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How Smallholders became Commodity Suppliers

How Smallholders became Commodity Suppliers

Small farmers are often left behind in African agriculture. Access to markets and improved competitiveness can only be achieved if the small farms join forces. But those affected in partner countries are often at a loss as to how to implement cooperative models. Here, the BMZ provides support through the SEWOH ONE World – NO Hunger initiative and the Social Structure Promotion (Sozialstrukturförderung).

A project by Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e. V.

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