World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) International Advocacy and its partners outlined how advocacy efforts by U.S. credit unions have resulted in meaningful changes for credit unions and their members in wartime Ukraine, and why that continued advocacy support is needed, during a breakout session at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.
Andrew Price, WOCCU senior vice president of international advocacy and general counsel, told those in attendance to keep international advocacy in mind when they hike Capitol Hill this week to push lawmakers to support U.S. credit unions.
“Tell them that they need to tell USAID to continue to fund what we’re doing here for the relief (in Ukraine),” Price told attendees.
Alisa Stetsyshyn, a consultant on the USAID-funded WOCCU Credit for Agriculture Producers (CAP) Project, emphasized the importance of Price’s request by highlighting how WOCCU has been able to work through the CAP Project to ensure more proportional regulations for Ukrainian credit unions, especially since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of the country just over one year ago.
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