• Proxfin members chose to hold their annual alongside the 2014 Summit
  • Proxfin brings together 29 DID partner community finance institutions
  • DID's new offices
  • Martin Villemure is Managing Director of the entrepreneurs financial centres (EFC) operated by DID in Tanzania and Uganda
  • From left to right: Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse and Les Etchemins and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, DID's President and CEO, Anne Gaboury, and Minister of International Developmen
16 October 2014

DID and its Proxfin partners endorse the Declaration resulting from the second International Summit of Cooperatives

On this International Credit Union Day, DID and the 29 microfinance institutions composing the international Proxfin network commonly endorse and share the Draft Declaration that was produced following the seconde edition of the International Summit of Cooperatives, which took place in Quebec City from Oct. 6 to 9. Among the commitments made by cooperatives in this Declaration is that of putting to use their innovation capacity in order to further contribute to food security and job creation.

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10 September 2014

Eight Proxfin representatives participated as speakers at the second International Summit of Cooperatives

Proxfin members decided to hold their 2014 annual meeting alongside the Second International Summit of Cooperatives. This event was held in Québec City from October 6 to 9. Several themes figured on the agenda including developing and strengthening cooperative enterprises, food security and job creation. 

Eight Proxfin representatives participated as speakers :  

  • Forum « Boosting performance by learning about the cooperative business model » :
    • Ranjith Hettiarachchi, Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU, Thailand)
  •  « Transferring Businesses to Employees Using the Cooperative Business Model – A Sustainable Solution for Businesses » :
    • Nathan De Assis, EFC Zambia (Zambia)
  •  « Governance and active members’ participation in associative life – a powerful lever for retaining members and fostering development » :
    • Jocelyn St-Jean, Le Levier (Haiti)
    • Samadanie Kiriwandeniya, SANASA (Sri Lanka)
    • Andrew So Kwok Wing, ACCU’s founding President (based in Hong Kong)
  •  « Boosting Productivity through Agricultural Organization » :
    • Aoua Sawadogo, RCPB (Burkina Faso)
    • Jorge Andrés López Bautista, Coopcentral (Colombia)
  •  « Cooperatives and mutuals in emerging economies » :
    • Tran Quang Khanh, Vietnam Association of People’s Credit Funds (VAPCF, Vietnam) 

To learn more about the International Summit of Cooperatives, visit the event’s website

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7 August 2014

DID changes address

We moved our offices to the following address :
59, avenue Bégin
Lévis (Québec) Canada
G6V 4C3

We will however keep the same phone and fax numbers.

30 May 2014

Get to know our team!

The DID team has more than 100 employees. Get to know some of them...

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13 June 2014

Two new mandates for DID

On Friday, June 13, the Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Christian Paradis, was at the Desjardins head office in Lévis to announce the awarding of two major mandates to DID.

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Founded in 1970 with the goal of sharing the expertise and experience of the Desjardins Group with emerging and developing countries, Développement international Desjardins (DID) celebrated 40 years of operations in 2010. A pioneer in the deployment and development of microfinance (also known as community finance) around the world, DID today is a world leader in this sector. More More


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