We envision local economies in which community control of capital supports the creation of healthy, thriving, and self-directing communities through the application of co-operative values and business practices.


We seek to promote a model of economic and social development based on co-operation, sustainability, and common benefit through the creation of community planned and cooperatively owned enterprises. We help communities build enterprises and local economies that are profitable, sustainable, and contribute to the development of natural, social, physical, and cultural capital for the benefit of all.


We are a small but highly committed team of people who develop CEF’s work in a wide range of countries. We work under the advice of an experienced and prestigious board who carefully define our long-term strategy and support our daily operations.

Meet our team and our board.