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MADISON, Wis.—North Americans may be tightening their belts and spending less due to the ongoing economic turmoil in the global financial markets, but many people in developing countries are wondering where their next meal is going to come from. In response, World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is attempting to fill the gap with a more aggressive WOCCU Directors' Action Fund designed to solicit financial support from credit union volunteers as a way to keep development programs alive while the U.S. and other countries struggle to stabilize their economies.
"The backbone of the credit union movement has always been the dedication and commitment of its volunteer leadership," said Pete Crear, WOCCU's president and CEO. "It stands to reason that those who have dedicated their efforts to developing their own credit unions would see the logic in supporting and strengthening the movements in other countries, where credit unions may be needed the most."
Contributions to the fund will be even more critical this year as economic challenges will likely reduce development assistance funding from other sources, Crear said. Research reported from the Center for Global Development indicates that countries in the midst of an economic downturn categorically reduce their foreign aid when weathering tough times. Government aid from countries such as Japan and Sweden, both of which suffered through banking crises during the 1990s, took a downturn during those crisis periods. Countries dependent on development assistance funds could suffer significant losses, at least in the short term, as charitable giving and foreign aid from the U.S. and other countries slows over the next year.
WOCCU's Directors' Action Fund directly targets credit union volunteers, individuals in a position to understand the credit union philosophy and appreciate the impact credit unions make on the lives of their members. By contributing US$40 for each credit union volunteer, WOCCU believes participation from enough credit unions could affect significant change for credit union members in developing countries.
"Supporting the Directors' Action Fund gives me an opportunity to show my commitment to poverty alleviation, democracy, peace and even equality, all outcomes of WOCCU's development work," said Joseph A. Guagliardo, a board director for New York's Municipal Credit Union. "In my 16 years of volunteering, I have never experienced more fulfillment in giving to a more worthy credit union cause."
Gayle Adkins-McDonald, a board director with Water and Power Credit Union in Los Angeles, agrees: "Supporting WOCCU helps me feel like I am giving back to other credit union directors who don't have the same training opportunities and resources available. Our small gift can make a real difference in a developing country."
For more information about WOCCU's development programs and to make a contribution to WOCCU's Directors' Action Fund, please visit the www.woccu.org/give, or contact Valerie Breunig at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 396-2055.
El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito es la asociación gremial y agencia de desarrollo para el sistema internacional de cooperativas de ahorro y crédito. El Consejo Mundial promueve el crecimiento sustentable de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y otras cooperativas financieras en todo el mundo a fin de facultar a las personas para que mejoren su calidad de vida a través del acceso a servicios financieros asequibles y de alta calidad. El Consejo Mundial realiza esfuerzos de defensa activa en representación del sistema global de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito ante organizaciones internacionales y trabaja con gobiernos nacionales para mejorar la legislación y la regulación. Sus programas de asistencia técnica introducen nuevas herramientas y tecnologías para fortalecer el desempeño financiero de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y profundizar su alcance comunitario.
El Consejo Mundial ha implementado 290 programas de asistencia técnica en 71 países. A nivel mundial, 57,000 cooperativas de ahorro y crédito en 103 países atienden a 208 millones de personas. Obtenga más información sobre el impacto global del Consejo Mundial en www.woccu.org.