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?»

A self-reflection for decolonizing cooperation

autoreflexión decolonización

The decolonization of cooperation is not an easy task for any of the actors. First of all, if we want to face the current challenges, we need to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to achieve.

Decolonization of international cooperation in Africa

Sérgio Calundungo is an Angolan academic and activist with studies in development and international cooperation. He is an Africanist and from there he likes to speak. He is the founder of the Social Observatory of Angola and former director of ADRA, one of the largest social organizations in the country.

Protests, violence and democracy in Peru today: A reflection on international NGOs

Mildred Rooney

Lawyer with a master’s degree in political science and government with a mention in international relations, she is one of the main Peruvian academics on international cooperation. She is currently a professor at the Antonio Ruiz de Montoya University, the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and the Diplomatic Academy of Peru (ADP). In the Peruvian public sector, she has been part of the legal advisory team of the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation. (APCI).