Request for Proposal For Design, Conduct And Publish A Study Examining How Cooperative Policy, Legal, And Regulatory Frameworks Can Help To Optimize The Development And Performance Of Cooperatives

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51048379
22-CD4-HQ-PROC-001
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Request for Proposal For Design, Conduct And Publish A Study Examining How Cooperative Policy, Legal, And Regulatory Frameworks Can Help To Optimize The Development And Performance Of Cooperatives
ICB
Eastern Africa
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, COMESA,African Solidarity Fund (FSA),African Union
03-06-2022

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Request For Proposals Are Invited For Design, Conduct And Publish A Study Examining How Cooperative Policy, Legal, And Regulatory Frameworks Can Help To Optimize The Development And Performance Of Cooperatives. Cooperative Development Activity 4 (Cd4) Rfa Number: 22-Cd4-Hq-Proc-001 Issuance Date: May 6, 2022 Closing Date: June 3, 2022 Closing Time: 17.00 U.S. Central Time Zone Request For Applications Land OLakes Venture37 Cooperative Development Activity 4 (Cd4) How Are Cooperative Policy, Legal And Regulatory Frameworks Facilitating Or Hindering The Development And Effectiveness Of Cooperatives? Land OLakes Venture37 Invites Applications From Qualified Researchers From Academic Or Private Sector Research Institutions Abroad To Design, Conduct And Publish A Study Examining How Cooperative Policy, Legal, And Regulatory Frameworks Can Help To Optimize The Development And Performance Of Cooperatives. This Request For Applications Is Based On An Open, Competitive Call For Applications. If You Decide To Submit A Research Proposal (Application), It Must Be Submitted In Accordance With The Instructions Herein And Received No Later Than The Date And Time Indicated. Venture37 Reserves The Right To Select And/Or Fund Any Or None Of The Applications Submitted. If Chosen, Cd4 Staff And Our Research Advisory Committee Panel (Composed Of Academics From The U.S., Uk, Malawi, And Tanzania) Will Work Closely With The Chosen Research Team To Finalize The Study Scope And Logistics And Facilitate Peer Review And Publication. Background Land OLakes Venture37 Is A 501(C)3 Non-Profit, Assisting Communities Around The World To Build Economies By Strengthening Agriculture From Farm-To-Fork, Helping Businesses Grow, And Linking Farmers To Market. Our Team Is Made Up Of Nearly 350 Employees Who Are Committed To Market-Led Approaches, And Passionate About Collaborating Locally To Create Lasting Inclusive Economic Growth. By Unlocking The Potential Of Agriculture For The Last 36 Years, The Lives Of More Than 3 Million People Have Been Transformed Through Nearly 300 Programs In More Than 80 Countries. Land OLakes International Development Implements Projects That Focus On Dairy, Livestock, And Crop Development. Activity Background Land OLakes Cooperative Development Program (Cdp) Has Pursued The Goal Of Increasing The Performance Of Cooperative Enterprises To Improve The Livelihoods Of Their Members And Contribute To Building More Inclusive And Resilient Communities. Over The Past 6 Years, Land OLakes Has Partnered With Cooperatives In Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, And Uganda To Help Improve Cooperative Performance In Response To Evolving Market Conditions. Our Recent Work Focused On Partnering With Cooperatives That Have Leveraged Economies Of Scale Through Horizontal Or Vertical IntegrationWorking With Each Partner To Improve Operational Management, Organizational Governance, And Business Decision-Making. The Cooperative Development Activity 4 (Cd4) Is Now Focused In Three Countries: Malawi, Rwanda, And Lebanon To Work With Primary Cooperatives And Apex Organizations (Unions And Federations) And Service Providers. Cd4 Has 3 Major Components; 1) Improving The Cooperative Enabling Environment By Strengthening Apex Organizations And The Learning Platform Through Which Cooperative Actors Are Engaged; 2) Improving Cooperative Business Performance By Assessing Organizations Capacity And Providing Tailored Technical Assistance To Strengthen These Capacities; And 3) Improving The Development Communities Support For Cooperatives By Developing A Locally-Defined Learning Agenda To Guide Research, Learning, And Dissemination Through Local And Global Channels. Cd4 Is Starting Up Work In Lebanon And Is Currently Working With 12 Primary Cooperatives In RwandaS Bugesera, Gicubmi, And Rwamagana Districts And 6 Primary Cooperatives In Malawi. There Are Four Apex Organizations In Rwanda And In Malawi. Component 3 Of The Cd4 Activity Improves The Global Development CommunityS Support Of Cooperatives Through The Promotion Of Local Research. Shortly After Project Launch, A Qualitative Baseline Assessment Was Completed. This Qualitative Assessment Included A Workshop With The Cooperative Sector Stakeholders Which Compiled Their Concerns On The Broad Topic Of Cooperative Development. These Concerns Resulted In The Compilation And Creation Of A Locally Driven Learning Agenda A List Of Priority Questions To Be Answered Through Various Research Protocols And Assessments. This Rfa Seeks Responses From Qualified Research Teams Who Will Engage In Answering One Of The Overarching Questions: How Are Cooperative Policy, Legal And Regulatory Frameworks In Rwanda And Malawi Facilitating Or Hindering The Development And Effectiveness Of Cooperatives And The Cooperative Enabling Environment? Scope Background Rwanda: In Rwanda, The Cooperative Movement Operates On A Four-Tier, Federally Mandated Cooperative Structure. Individuals Can Join A Cooperative Of Their Choosing, Or They May Choose To Not Join A Cooperative At All. For Each Value Chain (Maize, Dairy, Horticulture, Taxi, Etc.) There Is Only One Union Per Geographic District. Three Or More Primary Cooperatives May Join And Form A Cooperative Union At The District Level. This Union Is Considered A Secondary Cooperative Organization. Three Or More Unions May Join And Form A Federation At The National Level Referred To As The Tertiary Cooperative Organization. There Is One Federation Per Value Chain. The Federation Sits At The National Level. Over These 3 Tiers Sits Nccr, The Organization Created By Federal Mandate To Serve All Cooperative Bodies. The Chart Below Illustrates How These Different Levels Are Linked. Only The Organizations Framed In Orange Are Considered Apex Organizations. Dd The Government Of Rwanda Has Made Significant Strides To Support Cooperatives. Under The Rwanda Ministry Of Trade And Industry Is The Rwandan Cooperative Agency (Rca) And Rwanda Institute Of Cooperatives Entrepreneurship And Microfinance (Ricem). National Cooperative Policy Encourages The Transformation Of Tradition Subsistence Cooperatives To Entrepreneurial Cooperatives. The National Cooperative Confederation Of Rwanda (Nccr) Was Established As An Intermediary Between Cooperative Organizations And The Government. Malawi: In Malawi, Cooperative Development Is Under The Ministry Of Industry And Trade And Tourism. Cooperative Policy In Malawi Is Outdated (Released In 1997), But Currently Under Review. The Policy Is Less Restrictive Regarding Cooperative Organization And Member Organization Structures, But It Remains Challenging To Become Registered As A Cooperative. Most Cooperatives Are Rural And Agriculture-Based In Malawi; Of The Registered Cooperatives, Less Than 50% Are Active. There Lacks A Government-Enforced Cooperative Structure, And There Are No Requirements To Have A Federation Or Union In Place Across Any Sector Or District. Because Of This, There Are Relatively Few Unions. Most Farmer Organizations And Cooperatives Obtain Services (Ranging From Extension To Business Management Trainings) From The Government Through The Ministry Of Agriculture Or Through Donor Funded Programs. Some Cooperatives Obtain Services Directly Or Indirectly Through Donor Funded Programs From Organizations That Are Not Structured As Cooperatives. This In Turn Influences Potential Members To Organically Develop Their Cooperatives Out Of Business Desire And Profit Venture. When Forming The Cooperative, The Approval Process Has High Entry Requirements For Registration, Creating A Need For Cooperatives To Be Well Organization From The Very Beginning. Resources Devoted And Available To Training Associated With Becoming Official Cooperatives Is Also Scarce. Payment Of Fees To Apex Organizations Is Collected Yearly In Most Cases. The Apexes Sustain Themselves Primarily Through Donor Funds And Not Fees From Members; Hence, They Are Not Independently Profitable. The Malawi Federation Of Cooperative Organizations (Mafeco) Is A Newly Established Organization That Does Not Have A Sustainable Business Model Nor A Self-Sufficient Source Of Funding. It Is Working To Establish Itself As A Credible National Level Apex Organization Serving All Cooperatives In The Country. Considering The Differing Cooperative Structures In Both Rwanda And Malawi, Applicants Are Invited To Submit A Proposal (With Accompanying Budget) That Addresses All The Research Questions Below: A. What Is The Impact Of Rigid Frameworks, Driven By Public Policy/Procedures, On Cooperative Development Over Time? How Does This Impact Revenue, Governance, Membership, Etc.? How Is This Structure Influenced By Donors And/Or External Funding? B. What Is The Impact Of Organic Cooperative Structure, Like Malawi, That Is Supported By External Donors Or The Private Sector On Cooperative Development Over Time? How Does This Impact Revenue, Governance, Membership, Etc.? How Is This Structure Influenced By Donors And/Or External Funding? C. How Must Policy Frameworks, Support Institutions, And International Donors Adapt Over Time To Optimize Development Of A Productive Cooperative Sector? Desired Output: As A Final Deliverable, The Chosen Team Will Be Tasked With Producing A Report And Putting Together A Presentation To Provide The Following Information: Executive Summary (Maximum Of 3 Pages) Provide Summarized Detail On Landscape Of Cooperative Sector Structure In Both Countries Summarize Key Findings And Necessary Next Steps For Crucial Development In The Cooperative Sector Ensure At Least One Data Visualization Within This Section Should Be Able To Be A Stand-Alone Document Introduction Knowledge Questions: What Is The Impact Of Rigid Frameworks, Driven By Public Policy/Procedures, On Cooperative Development Over Time? What Is The Impact Of Organic Frameworks Tender Link : Https://Www.Jobinrwanda.Com/Index.Php/Job/Request-Applications-Design-Conduct-And-Publish-Study

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