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2012 Partnerships Annual Report


Executive Summary

In 2012, World Council of Credit Unions added three new partnerships to its existing International Partnerships Program. The new partnerships were started between:

  • Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito Financieras (FECOLFIN) of Colombia and the Maryland & District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) 
  • Federación de Cajas Populares Alianza of Mexico and Mountain West Credit Union Association 
  • The New Zealand Association of Credit Unions (NZACU) and Central 1 Credit Union of Canada

The balance of 2012 was focused on signing up new partners and reengaging those organizations that had participated in the program in the past. In 2013, the program will shift its focus to putting together strong work plans for all new and existing partnerships. The partnerships program maintained its strong level of World Council Supporters with all 21 partnerships having at least one partner providing direct financial support to the program. There was a total of 49 financial supporters in the program in 2012, a rise of 12 supporters over last year.

Partnership activities and other events sponsored by the partnerships program received more than their share of media coverage. (See attached.) Articles and stories on international partners and departmental programs often appeared in league newsletters, CUNA’s News Now, Credit Union Magazine, Credit Union Times and, periodically, in non-U.S. financial and trade publications. The program’s efforts resulted in 27 news releases issued throughout the year. Fourteen of those news releases pertained to the International Partnerships Program, four others related to study tours and nine covered the International Credit Union Leadership Program.

World Council’s Customized International Training programs led to further success in 2012. World Council hosted a record number of 16 customized international training programs throughout the U.S., Canada and Costa Rica, serving 136 participants.

In addition, the partnerships program engaged six U.S. credit union, league and regulator volunteers in training events in Belize, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Panama and Russia.

The Worldwide Foundation was also granted a renewal of the U.S. State Department grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, to carry out the International Credit Union Leadership Program in 2013 and 2014, focusing on economic empowerment. The  program falls under the Professional Fellows Program, which provides opportunities for industry  employees and volunteers from foreign countries to participate in a credit union internship in the U.S. The program has a second component that allows their U.S. counterparts to intern in the selected foreign country. The 2013 and 2014 project will work with Costa Rica and Brazil.

In 2012, World Council's International Partnerships Program supported 21 different partnerships:

  1. Bahamas / Massachusetts

  2. Belize / Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union

  3. Brazil / Texas

  4. Colombia / Maryland & DC Credit Union Association

  5. Costa Rica / League of Southeastern Credit Unions

  6. Dominican Republic / Wisconsin

  7. Estonia / Virginia

  8. Ghana / Jefferson Financial CU

  9. Guatemala / California & Nevada

  10. Jamaica / Texas

  11. Mexico Alianza / Mountain West Credit Union Association

  12. Mexico Caja Yanga / Servus Credit Union

  13. New Zealand / Central 1 of Canada

  14. Panama / Iowa

  15. Paraguay / Minnesota

  16. Peru / Vermont

  17. Poland / Georgia

  18. Puerto Rico / New York

  19. Romania / Ohio

  20. Russia / Louisiana, including Altai CU Association / Barksdale FCU

  21. Trinidad & Tobago / Connecticut

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