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The project was the first of its kind in Mongolia as it encompassed all active cooperatives[u1]  of the country. The goal of the National Cooperative Assessment was to gather and compile accurate information on cooperatives and to create a database on active cooperatives in Mongolia, enabling the elimination of discrepancies in data provided by various authorities in charge of tracking cooperative data. Moreover, the project aimed to disseminate knowledge of the status and needs of Mongolian cooperatives and to facilitate communication with, and services to, cooperatives.

In undertaking the assignment, IRIM collaborated closely with the Small and Medium Enterprises Department governmental agency and with the National Co-operator's Association of Mongolia and its member associations. In addition, effective cooperation with local governments (both at soum and aimag levels) was key to IRIM’s success in implementing this project.


  • Under the first phase of the project, the project team conducted telephone surveys of 3005 listed cooperatives.
  • The main deliverables of Phase One of the project included the following: (i) the most current list of active cooperatives was created; (ii) full contact information on all active cooperatives was collected, including the name and contact information of cooperative leaders; and (iii) data entered into a sortable table facilitating data extraction and analysis.
  • In Phase Two, IRIM’s project team completed a field survey of 683 cooperatives located in 169 soums of 21 aimags and Ulaanbaatar, using both face to face and telephone in-depth interviewing methods.
  • A total of 134 soum and aimag governors and relevant local government officers were interviewed regarding the strategy, prospects and challenges of cooperative development in their respective aimags and soums. 
  • We provided the client with: (i) a survey questionnaire; (ii) a database (in Excel and SPSS format) with full cooperative information and all answers from the questionnaire; (iii) weekly target reports; (iv) periodic reports on progress, challenges in conducting interviews and solutions; and (v) a technical report. 
  • In Phase Three, IRIM conducted advanced processing and elaboration of collected data and produced a final report.
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