Giving the microphone to communities to change power dynamics in cooperation


Arancha Martínez Fernández is the founder of the NGOs It will be and ComGo. She is a social entrepreneur with 12 years of experience in the field of international cooperation, whose purpose is to contribute to ending poverty and inequality through technological innovation and what she defines as «efficient solidarity».

What is happening with the Swedish Cooperation?

Anna Tibblin CEO We Effect Sweeden

Swedish development cooperation is one of the most prestigious and committed in the world. However, it is going through a critical moment due to changes in the current government and questioning of its NGOs. Is this a harbinger of a broader global debate on the future of cooperation? Anna Tibblin is one of the most influential figures on cooperation in Sweden according to Global Bar magazine. She is executive secretary of the NGO We Effect, Sweden’s largest cooperative movement, which works with producers, farmers and women’s organizations in more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Fernanda Papa

«The criticism about new colonizers may not quite be fair. But what is to be learnt from it? How ready are INGOs to give up white privileges in power positions and promote the leadership of black and indigenous faces? Is there any generational challenge to be looked at?»

Winnie Byanyima

«Global international NGOs must transform themselves in order to challenge and influence the global system of governance. That transformation is about changing, shifting the power within the […] NGOs»

Ricardo Fuentes

«Large parts of the international development community have become, or are perceived as part of a system that is a bit unfair, breeding inequalities and «exclusionary»

Luis Salas

“»We need vision. In addition to an international development community with commitment and courage, we need to map not only existing realities, but also possible and desirable ones.”

Christian Ferreyra

“The development community needs to review the way in which it relates to the so-called «recipient» countries, the development model it promotes, but mainly the consequences».

Gonzalo Fanjul

«I think the key lies in a change of attitude towards aid and the role it plays in the 21st century»