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Insight on the global credit union movement

Our newsroom is designed to provide easy access to educational and informational resources about us, our mission and the global credit union movement. We are the only organization representing credit unions in developed and developing countries on a global scale. We hope our newsroom will be your key to understanding the operations and potential of this exciting movement.

Who we are

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. We promote the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. We advocate on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and work with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Our technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

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Rebecca Carpenter
Corporate Communications Manager

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Credit Union World
Credit Union World

Stay informed about the international credit union movement with
World Council of Credit Unions' magazine.

Available in English and Spanish online.
Printed copies
available only in English.

Annual Report
Annual Report 2014

In 2014, World Council continued to build, champion and grow a global credit union community that improved lives.

Statistical Report
Statistical Report

Credit union organizations from 105 countries provided data for World Council's 2014 Statistical Report. The report shows an estimated 217 million people worldwide are served by 57,480 financial cooperatives.

Technical Guides
Young Adult Membership Growth: Part II

World Council's development programs are highlighted regularly in the Technical Guide series, designed to inform readers about the unique situations and challenges each World Council program presents, as well as chronicling each program's achievements.

Model Law & Regulations for Credit Unions

Model Law for Credit Unions provides a sample legislative framework to aid in preparing and seeking approval of laws.

Guide to International Credit Union Legislation contains credit union legislative and regulatory summaries for over 100 countries and political provinces.

Research Monographs

Research monographs present the findings of credit union research and studies carried out through World Council's credit union development activities.

Digital Finance

World Council shares guidance for financial institutions wishing to build a viable mobile banking strategy.

Savings Mobilization
 Striking the Balance in Microfinance

Striking the Balance in Microfinance will benefit a full array of microfinance players—MFIs, technical assistance providers, donors and policy makers. Any institution that is serious about mobilizing and protecting client savings should read and use this book.

Value Chain Finance
VCF Manual

World Council shares guidance for financial institutions, development finance organizations and donors interested in gaining a better understanding of value chain finance and how to integrate it into their product mix.


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Videos From The Field

Bringing the Credit Union to the Member

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World Council of Credit Unions: 40 Years of Service

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Voices of Haiti - Glimmers of Hope

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Saving for Change in Mexico

Saving for Change in Mexico

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Subsistence to Sustainability: Kenyan Credit Unions Make the Link

Subsistence to Sustainability: Kenyan Credit Unions Make the Link

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Peru: Value Chain

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Ecuador: A Reason to Believe

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Credit Unions Rebuild

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Cambodia: Communities Coming Together

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Bolivia: Credit Unions Reaching the Rural Poor

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