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Request for Working Group Participants (CLARITY)


The Cooperative Law and Regulation (CLARITY) initiative was collaboratively designed by Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) members over 15 years ago through funding from USAID’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP) to help national cooperative movements in developing countries create a legal and regulatory environment that enables cooperative businesses to flourish. As the first phase of updating the CLARITY toolkit (which will result in CLARITY 2.0), NCBA CLUSA is leading a research project to provide a foundational report that will guide the CLARITY 2.0 revisions.

NCBA CLUSA is looking for cooperative law and regulation experts from a variety of cooperative sectors and regions to join the working group to participate in this qualitative research project taking a critical look at the CLARITY Initiative’s theoretical (legal and regulatory precepts), legislative (content) and methodological (process) foundations to ensure it focuses on the appropriate areas of technical assistance for cooperative legal and regulatory reform. This working group, by helping tackle the main research question and supporting questions, will assist NCBA CLUSA and other OCDC members in reframing and articulating the CLARITY 2.0 Initiative around cooperative resiliency while also making the appropriate revisions to the CLARITY toolkit.

The research design will be based on cooperative law expert exchange and peer learning that will be facilitated through virtual workshops and discussion sessions guided by qualitative data collection methods including open ended questionnaires to identify best practices and lessons learned, focus groups, and key informant interviews.


  • Participate in virtual workshops and discussions
  • Complete open-ended surveys and key informant interviews
  • Share opinions and experiences with tools, frameworks and methodologies for analysis and/or assessment of cooperative legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Review and provide feedback on the research report to be written by the CLARITY 2.0 working group leads

Qualifications and Experience

  • Lawyer or cooperative law/regulation specialist with 10+ years of experience in global and/or regional cooperative development and cooperative national legal framework issues
  • Expertise in one or more of the following cooperative sectors and types: producer, worker, consumer, multi-stakeholder, agriculture, credit unions/savings and credit, energy, health, services, etc.
  • Familiarity with CLARITY Initiative desired but not required

Time Commitment and Compensation

The working group will meet periodically from March-November 2021. The estimated time commitment is 40 hours. CLARITY 2.0 Working Group participants will each receive a $1,000 stipend for their contributions.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to by 5 pm EST on Monday March 1, 2021.