** SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED** New deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday, June 10, 2020, by 5 pm EST. Please scroll down for link to Q&A The International Cooperative Research Group (Research Group) of the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) has embarked on a multi-year, multi-country cross-sector regional research study on the effects that cooperatives have on the social and economic well-being of individuals and the broader effects that they have in the communities where they are located. Through this Short Study the Research Group seeks to gather information from a randomly selected sample of non-cooperative members to complement information addressing four key research questions. The questions are: 1. Do cooperative members benefit economically from their cooperative membership and participation? 2. Do cooperative members benefit socially from their cooperative membership and participation? 3. Do communities benefit economically from the presence of cooperatives? 4. Do communities benefit socially from the presence of cooperatives? Definition of Terms For the purposes of this Short Study we define the following terms:
- Community: The community is the larger environment in which the cooperatives are located. For this research, the community means non-cooperative members. This community is important because the principals of cooperatives state that a cooperative should be linked to and create impact in the community.
- Cooperative: A cooperative is an institution that upholds the international cooperative principles and holds legal status as a cooperative in PERU.
- Non-cooperative member: An individual older than 18 years old (woman or man) that is not a member of a cooperative, however, acknowledges understanding of what a cooperative is. Scope of Work (SoW)