What is GCAP?

Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) supports people in their struggles for justice and brings individuals and organisations together to challenge the institutions and processes that perpetuate poverty and inequalities. Together, we defend and promote human rights, gender justice, social justice, climate justice and the security needed for the dignity and peace of all.

GCAP is a network of over 11,000 civil society organisations (CSOs) organized in 58 National Coalitions and in constituency groups of women, youth and socially-excluded people, among others. 

Read more about our work around Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, our current campaign Faces of Inequality and the People’s Assembly .

Our strengths

  • Strong political leadership from the Global South.
  • A focus on the structural aspects of inequalities.
  • Proven ability to mobilise millions of people in support of rights-based advocacy.
  • A solid grassroots foundation, consisting of thousands of small & mid-sized civil society organisations.
  • A real bottom-up process led by marginalized groups and women’s organisations.

History

A Decade of Campaign Experience

In September 2003, prominent activist on women and children’s issues, Graça Machel, hosted a group of southern civil society activists in Maputo, Mozambique. It was here, that the idea of a Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) was first aired.

Launched in 2005 at the World Social Forum in Porto Allegre with the symbol of the whiteband, GCAP has mobilized hundreds of millions of people and co-organised the world’s largest single issues-based campaign to ‘Stand UP’ Against Poverty – certified by the Guinness World Records with 173 million people in 2009.

GCAP played a key role the creation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have organized community and national consultations in 39 countries since 2013. In 2015, we mobilized 32 million people to act against Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change.

GCAP has successfully insisted on the centrality of addressing inequalities and guaranteeing the active participation of people in the Agenda 2030. The standalone goal on inequalities, SDG 10, is one result.

On 25 September 2017, GCAP initiated in cooperation with the UN SDG Action Campaign the Global Day of Action – Act4SDGs to mark the anniversary of the SDGs. In 2018 a million people took part in 1662 actions in 143 countries.

Mission & Strategy

Mission To build a strong and progressive global action against poverty and inequalities with a Southern leadership to ensure that nobody is left behind.

  1. People – especially from marginalized groups – are aware of their rights and empowered through partnership with local and national CSOs to provide a robust bottom up and citizen-driven process that addresses the structural aspects of inequalities and monitors the SDGs.
  2. All levels of government as well as the private sector are held accountable to address the structural aspects of inequalities and implement the SDGs.
  3. Build a strong global network – from national coalitions, constituency groups and initiatives for advocacy and mobilization – at regional and global levels to influence international processes and institutions.

Themes

  • Gender and Social Exclusion
  • Role and Accountability of Private Sector
  • Redistribution
  • Climate Justice
  • Civic Space and Human Rights

Main activities

  • Research and Analysis: Inequality Reports and Faces of Inequalities publications
  • Awareness raising and capacity building on inequalities and SDGs
  • Mobilisation and campaigning in a bottom up process
  • Advocacy and Monitoring
  • Civil Society Coordination and Alliance Building

Annual Reports

Our structure

National Coalitions

GCAP is made up of over 11,000 CSOs, organised in 58 National Coalitions. Each works with grassroots organizations and at national level throughout the year, on the most relevant issues in their own country.

Regional Assemblies and Regional Councils

Constituency Groups

Constituency groups organize and represent groups in society who are most vulnerable, neglected and left behind and face discrimination and inequalities.



  • Social Justice Task Force on Discrimination Based on Work and Descent
  • Women’s rights and feminist organizations
  • Socially excluded task force
  • Youth
  • Older people

General Assembly

GCAP’s General Assembly is the global decision making body, which includes all national coalitions and constituency groups and meets every three years. The GCAP General Assembly elects the Global Council.



Global Council

The Global Council provides strategic direction and implementation for GCAP, as mandated by the General Assembly and its Declarations, and is headed by three Global Council Co-Chairs. The present GCAP Global Council was elected in October 2020 after an inclusive election process and many candidates in each region. The Global Council serves a term of 3 years as defined by the governance document of GCAP. Paul Divaka, Georgina Muñoz and Oumar Sow are the current elected Co-Chairs of GCAP, Constantinos Machairas is the treasurer.



Africa

  • Oumar Sow

    Co-Chair
    Senegal

    GCAP Senegal

    Oumar is the head of GCAP Senegal and is a dynamic and highly experienced person with management and coordination experience. His work with GCAP started in working for GCAP as main person responsible for advocacy. Being responsible for the STAND UP campaign being the focal and coordination point and being a coordinator for the action2015 campaign in Senegal. Ourmar is very familiar in the international NGO sector and has experience leading and coordinating different networks. …Read more
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    Nomaqhawe Gwere

    -
    Zimbabwe

    GCAP Zimbabwe

    An experienced peace-building and development professional with 18 years experience gained from mobilizing and organizing non-state actors to action against violence, conflict and poverty at national and regional levels. …Read more

Asia

  • Arjun Kumar Bhattarai

    -
    Nepal

    NGO Federation of Nepal

    Mr. Arjun Kumar Bhattarai was born and grew up in the small village of Ilam, in a province in eastern Nepal. He holds expertise in social work, community-led development, a rights-based approach, human rights, leading Non-Governmental Organizations, development media, and press freedom, CSOs capacity enhancement of civic space and governance. He also has experience in social mobilizations, strategic planning, and sustainable development. Mr. Bhattarai received his Master’s Degree in Social Work - Comparative Perspectives – from the University of Nord, Norway. His Master Degree in Rural Development Nepal from the Tribhuwan University of Nepal. Currently, he works as deputy secretary-general of NGO Federation of Nepal, CGAP focal person as well as taking responsibility for Nepal SDGs Forum and the Agenda 2030.
    Mr. Bhattarai is associated with a national NGO called Nepal Development Initiative (NEDI), coordinator for National Social Entrepreneurs' Forum (NSEF), and member of Social Entrepreneurship Fund under Social Welfare Council, Government of Nepal.
    He associated with GCAP since 2005, worked as a national focal person for GCAP Nepal well as a regional council member of South Asia and coordinator of the Global Youth Task Force as well during 2008- 2010. He led the big campaigns i.e. stand-up and take action, white-band, speaks up during MDGs Era. He has been working as a development expert, CSOs think-tank, and CSOs leader for two decades and was elected for a third term to the NGO Federation. He has been contributing tremendously to national, regional, and international CSOs movements and recently elected as a global council member of GCAP. …Read more
  • Nichol Ng

    Singapore

    ONE (SINGAPORE)

    Nichol Ng is currently the President of ONE(SINGAPORE) which aims to eradicate poverty in Singapore and has been actively involved with the organisation since 2009. She co-founded The Food Bank Singapore in 2012 www.foodbank.sg, which aims to end food insecurity in Singapore by 2025. FBSG collects and re-distributes excess food to about 360 non-profit organisations, reaching out to more than 300,000 underprivileged. Professionally ,Nichol is the CEO of the X-Inc group of companies. Personally, she is the mother to 4 young children with her life partner of more than 23 years. …Read more

Constituency Groups

  • Paul Divakar

    Co-Chair
    India

    GCAP Social Justice Task Force on Discrimination Based on Work and Descent

    N. Paul Divakar is an advocate for Dalit rights, an expert on Economic Rights, and a Human Rights Defender. He is one of the founding members of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR). He serves as the Chairperson of the Asia Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF), which works in the South Asia region on inclusion and issues around untouchability and caste-based discrimination. ADRF convenes the Social Justice Task Force (SJTF) of GCAP. He is also the Convenor of the Global Forum on DWD (Discrimination Based on Work and Descent). He has been a key actor in popularising the sustainable development goals and bringing in the aspect of inclusion in the discourse on the new development paradigm. He is a former member of the Executive Board of Amnesty International. He has been recently voted by Outlook magazine as one among the 50 most influential Dalit Leaders in the country.

    He has been actively engaging with the communities in strengthening access to justice, gender concerns especially on the intersectionality of Gender and Caste, financial accountability, transparency and participation. His deep interest for the economic empowerment of the Dalits led to initiating a campaign in India for advocating for equity budgeting from the lens of the marginalised. …Read more

Latin America and Caribbean

  • Georgina Muñoz Pavon

    Co-Chair
    Nicaragua

    Latindadd

    Georgina is the Co-President of Latindadd based in Nicaragua. Her interest and focus is on the political impact on social and economic justice issues and on public policies. …Read more
  • César Artiga

    El Salvador

    Movimiento Enlaces por la Sustentabilidad / GCAP El Salvador

    Cesar is a person committed to the creation of a different society, which manifests a Lasting Sustainable Peace for the present and future generations, through the accompaniment of organizational and advocacy processes to raise and amplify the voices of the people and their capacities for proposals and solutions.

    He is part of various national, regional and international organizations, networks and movements on global issues such as inequalities, climate change, peace and security, habitat and cities, disaster risk management, financing for development, among others.

    He is also the founder of national and regional initiatives on youth, the culture of peace, and sustainability, currently, Cesar is a Youth Mentor of the Latin American and Caribbean Youth Forum (FLACJ), at the national level I am the Coordinator of the National Impulse Team of the Escazú Agreement and the National Impulse Group of Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. …Read more

Europe

  • Constantinos Machairas

    Treasurer
    Greece

    Organization Earth

    Constantinos is the Executive Director of Organization Earth, a Greek civil society organization that offers transformative learning on sustainability as well as organizing collective action on global citizenship. He is a member of the Steering Committee of SDG Watch EU, Europe’s largest cross-sectoral alliance of NGOs with the goal of holding governments to account for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. He serves as the General Secretary of IFOAM AgriBioMediterraneo, the regional group consisting of the Mediterranean members of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movement (IFOAM). Since November 2016, Constantinos has been the President of the Hellenic Platform for Development the Greek coalition of NGOs promoting the SDGs. In addition, he is a Member of the Boards of Directors at ActionAid Hellas, at specialized Vocational Training Center Margarita for people with intellectual disabilities and a member of the temporary Steering Committee of the recently established UN Global Compact Greece. …Read more
  • Justina Kaluinaite

    Lithuania

    Lithuanian NGDO Platform

    Current policy, advocacy, and partnership coordinator at Lithuanian NGDO Platform, co-founder of the civic movement "Me for Lithuania" and founder of a global social enterprise on community development and fair trade. From leading executive role to volunteer more than 10 years of civic actions and activism.
    Focus on Lithuanian national - global policies, SDGs, CSOs empowerment in national and global level, experience in variuos global context on social empowerment and developmental focus.
    Professional interest: community inclusion and social work, development architecture and cooperation, mediation and humanitarian education, civic activism, and social entrepreneurship.
    Educational background - Advanced MAS in Humanitarian Education, MAS in Social work with children and youth. Extended long-term educational program on international relation and humanitarian action. …Read more

Secretariat

The Global Secretariat is decentralised and implements GCAP’s daily operations based on the strategy and the decisions of the Global Council.



  • Ingo Ritz

    Director
    Belgium

    ingo.ritz@gcap.global

    Ingo is the Director of Global Call to Action Against Poverty since 2013. He coordinates the decentralized Global Secretariat and is based in the GCAP Europe Secretariat in Brussels. As part of his role he supports national coalitions in their work on the Sustainable Development Agenda after 2015 and is active at the regional and global levels to ensure the inclusion of socially excluded groups and gender equality as part of the new framework. A trade economist from Germany, he has been a part of GCAP through GCAP Germany since 2004, and he worked as the Executive Director of the German Civil Society organization NETZ Partnership for Development Justice from 2001 to 2013. In NETZ he worked with local and national development human rights organisations in Bangladesh and India and performed advocacy work in Germany and towards European institutions. The focus of his work in Bangladesh and India was on income generation, education and the rights-based approach of marginalized people in remote rural areas. …Read more
  • Kyerewa Asamoah Sekpey

    Leave No Woman Behind Project Coordinator of GCAP Africa
    Ghana

    kyerewa.asamoah@gcap.global

    As a team-player and bilingual professional with demonstrated abilities in development program coordination, training/facilitation, the uncanny gift in identifying and harnessing human, capabilities. She has about ten (10) years’ experience in development work with extensive exposure to varied cultures, and good understanding for contemporary development issues especially on gender and youth development issues. Ms Asamoah enriches teams she is privileged to work with. With a previous UNDP Civil Society Resource Center working experience based in Ghana, specifically tasked with Youth Focused issues and volunteer with reputable Youth NGOs, Ms Asamoah has the rich experience in advocacy and forging strategic alliances with governmental agencies, local and foreign partners for effective program implementation. She is a passionate campaigner and advocate for poverty reduction and equality for all. Until recently, she coordinated the activities of over 800 registered organizations in Africa under the campaign named Action2015 campaign which seeks to remind stakeholders and especially governments to fulfil their promises of reducing poverty at all levels and achieving the Millennium Development Goals and also to commit to the new agenda of Sustainable development Goals.
    Kyerewa is currently working with Ghana, Kenya and Mali coalitions on “Leave No Woman behind” project supported by Voice Global led by Ghana Federation of people with Disability (GFD) and GCAP as the project coordinator. …Read more
  • Pradeep Baisakh

    Asia Coordinator
    India

    pradeep.baisakh@gcap.global

    Pradeep Baisakh is the Asia Coordinator since July 2015. He coordinates GCAP actions in Asia done by the National Coalition members. He also coordinates the larger civil society platform on SDG, the Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable development (APSD). Pradeep is from India and has nearly thirteen years of experience in development sector. He comes with splendid understanding of the grassroots development from his early years of work. He is also an award winning journalist for his development reporting. and has written columns for some prominent newspapers and websites in India, as well as international journals. His research experience includes among others, being part of a research project on “Material Cultures of Financial literacy among Rural and Urban Poor in India” done by University of California, Irvine. …Read more
  • Johannes Butscher

    Campaigns Officer
    Colombia

    johannes.butscher@gcap.global

    Johannes studied and worked in Scotland prior to joining the GCAP Brussels Office in 2015 and is part of the Global Secretariat since then. In March 2017 he moved to Colombia to pursue a part time degree in Peacebuilding and to support local peace initiatives. His tasks include the composition of grant applications and donor evaluation reports as well as communicating with member and partner organizations. …Read more
  • Sandrine De Fru

    Finance and Administration Manager
    Belgium

    sandrine.defru@gcap.global

    Sandrine De Fru joined GCAP in May 2020, to coordinate and manage the Finance and Administration of GCAP Global. During more than 25 years in the private sector she developed strong skills in Managerial Finance, Human Resources, Change management and Process Improvement. She brings her experience to GCAP, combined with a passion for people and a wish to engage for a better future for all. …Read more

Global Foundation

The GCAP Global Foundation is an independent legal not-for-profit organization registered in the Netherlands that takes care of the administrative and financial aspects of running GCAP at the global level, including hiring staff and finance.



Networks & Platforms

Partners



GCAP cooperates politically with and receives financial support from the following organizations: