Our members

Global Distributors Collective members are companies that distribute life-changing products to underserved households, and whose last mile sales revenue is typically below US$5 million. We focus on supporting those companies who have not yet reached a scale at which they gain sufficient structure, visibility and credibility to grow within the existing support ecosystem.

Our members are not-for-profits, social enterprises and for-profit enterprises. They vary from start-ups to national SMEs to subsidiaries of multinationals. We're global in scope and represent distribution companies from all around the world.

We'll initially be developing and testing specific collective activities in East Africa, with the aim of expanding into other regions in future.


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Member benefits

GDC membership is currently free and provides a range of benefits for last mile distributors including:

  • the chance to bid for funding and technical assistance 
  • the chance to participate in GDC events, where members can network with potential partners, explore new business opportunities and learn from peers and experts
  • access to information, people and know-how from across the sector
  • increased visibility and opportunities to get in front of global influencers and decision-makers
  • a say in how the GDC supports last mile distributors and represents the sector

See our list of members

Become a member



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Manufacturers, support service providers, training organisations, investors, multinationals, donors, government agencies and others interested in last mile distribution are welcome to join us as partner organisations. Whilst partner organisations will not participate in the governance of the GDC, they will benefit from access to information and learning, invitations to participate in GDC events, and opportunities to develop catalytic business partnerships and programs with individual distributors or the sector as a whole.  To discuss further, contact us at GDC@practicalaction.org.uk.

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