Cooperative Development Program (CDP)

The Cooperative Development Program (CDP) was created in 1988 to fund training and technical assistance projects run by Israel in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe and, increasingly, with Israel's neighbors. Past areas of emphasis included: Arid lands agriculture, livestock, exotic crops and irrigation. In addition, dozens of courses are taught in Israel on agriculture; rural development; community development; cooperation and labor studies; education and health, medicine and management. Projects are run out of Israel by MASHAV, Israel's foreign assistance agency, with limited U.S. involvement. The U.S. Agency for International Development allocates $4 million to fund the program; the Israeli government contributes $2 million.