The sector’s contribution to systemic change continues to be debated, questioning everything from its meaning and relevance to the colonial logics that confirm the need for transformation.
Summary of the reflections proposed by the most important international NGOs as a result of the first phase of The Sherwood Wa Learning Network.
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».
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.
Carlos Cambuta is the general director of ADRA- Action for Rural Development and Environment, a civil society organization that works to promote sustainable development in Angola through the implementation of projects to support community development and the presentation of concrete proposals to the government and other actors in defense and valuation of human rights.
How can an NGO from the global North begin to decolonize its practices? Asier Hernando Malax-Echevarria analyzes and describes four steps that every NGO from the global North should take into account if they want to change their practices and work with the society of the global South.
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).
In the same way that NGOs are prepared for humanitarian responses, with specialised teams, protocols, standards and dedicated resources, they must be prepared for civil unrest and political crises.