Call for proposals: Development of a cooperative Knowledge Base

Monday, 22 October 2018 - 2pm

Cooperatives Europe and #coops4dev are looking for a service provider to build a Knowledge Base: designing, developing and delivering an open-source technology enabling the production and exchange of standardized data among decentralized online platforms.

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Cooperative enterprises enable people around the world to become protagonists of their own social and economic development. The ICA-EU partnership programme “Cooperatives in Development – People centred businesses in action” (or #coops4dev) will work on promoting the cooperative business model in global, regional and local development policies, and strengthening cooperative organisations as viable actors in development processes in their own rights.

In this framework, Cooperatives Europe leads a transnational activity which intends to foster the development of a cooperative entrepreneurial culture amongst young generations, by creating synergies and capitalizing on experience and resources of both cooperative associations and youth organizations. Throughout this activity, mentors from European and international countries will create together innovative mentoring tools, aimed at enabling cooperative associations and youth organizations to encourage and support young leaders to develop cooperative-related projects in a consistent and complementary way. Pedagogical material will be tested on a pool of young volunteers, called “ambassadors”, through a series of local activities organized in pilot countries.

The purpose of the Knowledge Base is to facilitate preparatory sharing of experience, knowledge and tools for relevant partners and participants of the project and access to intellectual outputs and project outcomes as the project evolves. Once deployed, the Knowledge Base will serve as an online tool for mentors, young ambassadors, researchers, and the public, enabling better promotion and development of supporting structures for cooperative entrepreneurs.

Read the PDF below for a detailed outline of objectives, tasks and activities, profile specification and application procedure. 

Selection procedure

The applications, including all information outlined above, should reach Cooperatives Europe via e-mail at with the subject line “Application: Knowledge Base development”.

The deadline for submission of project proposals is 5 November 2018, 23.59 CEST.

Further information on the tasks and services requested is available in the PDF below.

You may find answers to frequently asked questions below.