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 18,400 civil society organisations (CSOs) organized in 66 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.


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


To build the movement for Global Justice and Solidarity – by fighting inequalities within and between countries to eradicate poverty in a bottom-up process, involving people facing discrimination and exclusion and with leadership from the Global South.

GCAP is a global civil society movement fighting for global justice to end poverty and inequality with strong leadership from the Global South, with the following aims: 

  • Ending poverty and inequalities: GCAP fights for social, economic and gender rights and climate justice to end poverty and inequalities. We advocate and mobilise for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their principle of Leaving No One Behind, challenging practices, institutions and processes that perpetuate oppression, discrimination and the structural causes of poverty and inequalities.
  • People’s voice: GCAP is primarily formed by many small and medium-sized civil society organisations with a strong grassroots connection, especially of people facing discrimination and exclusion. They organise themselves into democratic coalitions and constituency groups in a bottom-up process at national, regional and global levels to amplify people’s voices.
  • Global solidarity: The character of GCAP is marked by global cooperation and solidarity with a majority leadership from the Global South to support peoples’ struggles as part of the global justice movement.


  • 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

GCAP 2018 Annual Report

Our structure

National Coalitions

GCAP is made up of over 18,400 CSOs, organised in 66 National Coalitions. Each works with grassroots organizations and at national level throughout the year, on the most relevant issues in their own country.

Regional Councils

Constituency Groups

The Social Justice DWD Task Force organises Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD), organises and unites those communities who are some of the most vulnerable, neglected and left behind groups in society.

  • Women’s rights and feminist organizations
  • Socially excluded task force
  • Youth

General Assembly

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


Global Council

The Global Council provides strategic direction and implementation of GCAP, as mandated by the General Assembly and its Declarations, and is led by three Global Council Co-Chairs. The current GCAP Global Council was elected in January 2024 following an inclusive election process with many candidates in each region and in the Constituency Groups. The Global Council has a 3-year term as defined in the GCAP governance document. Georgina Muñoz Pavon of Nicaragua, Aminata Barry of Mali and Arjun Kumar Bhattarai of Nepal,  are the current elected co-chairs of GCAP, Constantinos Machairas of Greece is the Chair and Beena Pallical from the Social Justice Task Force the Vice-Chair of the GCAP Global Foundation. Mahendranath Busgopaul of  Mauritius is the treasurer.


  • Barry Aminata Toure


    GCAP Mali

    Aminata Alamir Touré eps Barry has dedicated 36 years to public accounting and civil society work. She has held key roles, including Secretary General of the Syndicat National du Trésor et de la Comptabilité Publique and the Conseil National de la Société Civile in Mali. She is a member of the Association Malienne pour le Progrès et la Défense des Droits des Femmes and the Coordination et ONG de Femmes du Mali. She has also served as President of the Coalition Nationale Jubilé 2000, the Coalition des Alternatives Africaines Dette et Développement, and the Coalition ‘Publiez Ce Que Vous Payez’.

    Currently, Aminata is the President of the Association Malienne pour la Sauvegarde du Bien-être Familial, and the Plateforme Nationale pour la Gestion de l'Hygiène Menstruelle. She coordinates the Alliance contre la Pauvreté au Mali/GCAP and is the Focal Point of the Plateforme pour le Suivi des ODD au Mali. Additionally, she is Vice President of the Conseil National de la Société Civile au Mali and a facilitator on citizen participation, public action monitoring, public policy and budget oversight, gender analysis, and tax justice.

    She holds a Brevet de Technicien en Finances and a Master's degree in Social Development. In 2005, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and in 2006, named an Ambassador for Peace. …Read more
  • Mahendranath Busgopaul


    GCAP Mauritius

    Mahendranath Busgopaul serves as the Treasurer of GCAP. He is the Secretary-General of the Halley Movement Coalition and the founding President of Halley Movement (halleymovement.org). He is recently elected as the Deputy Presiding Officer (DPO) of the African Union ECOSOCC bureau.

    Busgopaul has been engaged in research, training, advocacy, and publications since 1990. He founded Helpline Mauritius, the first online counseling service in the country. With a university degree in Public Administration, he has spent the past 40 years in the education sector in Mauritius, holding several key positions.

    He has been an elected global committee member of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) for several years and has served on the executive board of Child Helpline International (CHI) as an elected African member.

    Busgopaul has led community-based programs at the national level, focusing on human rights, particularly women and children's rights, internet safety, youth employment, internationalization activities, child finance, and educational initiatives for marginalized youths. Since 2017, he has hosted the Mauritius-Internet Governance Forum (IGF) annually.

    His extensive experience has earned him the opportunity to speak on the NGO report on "Child Sexual Exploitation in Mauritius" at the UN Human Rights Council during the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session in October 2018 in Geneva. …Read more


  • SIN Putheary


    Cambodia Cooperation Committee (CCC)

    Ms. SIN Putheary is the current Executive Director of Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC), a membership-based organization of 200 NGOs. She has been active in the civil society sector for over 15 years now, in the field of advocacy policy related to democratic space. She is a member of the Global Councils of GCAP and Forus and was a former steering committee member of Asian Democracy Alliance in 2020-2022. She is a strong advocate for better policy development at the national and regional level, and is an expert at discussions of policy engagement for common voices in civil society. Ms. Putheary has a Master’s Degree in International Journalism from Hong Kong, and has Bachelor Degrees in Media & Communication and Education from Phnom Penh. …Read more
  • Arjun Kumar Bhattarai


    NGO Federation of Nepal

    Arjun Kumnar Bhattarai is a distinguished Civil Society Leader and Development Activist with over two decades of experience in promoting civic space, combating inequality and advocating for economic justice, the SDGs, and climate justice on both national and international stages. Currently, he serves as the Co-Chair of the GCAP.

    Arjun also leads the Nepal Development Initiative as Chair and is the Secretary General of the NGO Federation of Nepal, representing 6,500 NGOs. His work spans grassroots initiatives and high-level advocacy, demonstrating a commitment to positive change at all levels.

    He coordinated global mobilisation efforts for the World Social Forum 2024 and is the convenor of the World Peoples Economic Forum 2024. Arjun is deeply involved in advancing civic space, social justice, and sustainable development goals worldwide.

    As the focal person of the Nepal SDGs Forum, he has led the Voluntary National Review processes in 2017 and 2020 and continues to guide preparations for VNR 2024. His academic credentials include degrees in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University of Nepal and a Master's in Social Work – Comparative Prospective from the University of Nord. …Read more

Latin America and Caribbean

  • Georgina Muñoz Pavon



    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
  • Mauro Pereira


    Defenders of the Planet

    Mauro Pereira is the Executive Director of the NGO Defenders of the Planet and a member of GCAP's Global Council. With around 13 years of experience in the development sector, he has worked extensively in campaigning and advocacy at national and regional levels, focusing on fundamental freedoms, human rights, SRHR, SGBV, civil society strengthening and the social protection of vulnerable groups.
    He holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), a postgraduate degree in Solid Waste Management from University Gama Filho, and a Master's degree in Ecotoxicology from Université Diderot in Paris, France.
    His diverse career includes roles at the Ministry of Social Development in Brazil, environmental education in Rio de Janeiro communities, and coordinating Agenda 21 at UNESCO in Brazil. He contributed to the Greenpeace Brazil toxic substances campaign and served as the environmental justice focal point for the 2030 Agenda at CEPAL. As the regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean at UNEP, he has significant international cooperation experience.
    He is involved in various networks, including the Brazilian Environmental Education Network, the NGO Network of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, the Socio-Environmental Justice Network, and the Rio de Janeiro Urban Agriculture Network. He played a key role in developing Rio de Janeiro's municipal plan for sustainable development and climate action and the Rio de Janeiro 2030 Agenda Municipal Commission.
    He participates in the Rio de Janeiro Climate Governance Forum, the G20 civil society working group, and the SDG Youth Hub. His advocacy and policy work span various UN and international platforms. …Read more


  • Justina Kaluinaite


    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
  • Constantinos Machairas

    Chair, GCAP Global Foundation

    Hellenic Platform for Development

    Constantinos is the Executive Director of Hellenic Platform for Development (HPD), a representative platform that integrates in its membership new CSO sectors (such as youth and the environment) and follows the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Greece. 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

Constituency Groups

  • Beena J. Pallical

    Representative, Social Justice Task Force; Vice-Chair, GCAP Global Foundation

    Beena J. Pallical

    Beena J. Pallical is a Dalit women leader and the General Secretary of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)-DAAA. She is also the Vice-Chairperson of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) Foundation.

    After a decade in the corporate sector, she moved to the social sector to pursue her interest in human rights. Over the past 14 years, she has focused on Dalit Economic Rights with NCDHR. Beena has passionately advocated for policy changes to benefit marginalized communities, especially Dalits and Tribals, and has emphasized the inclusion of Dalit women in policy formulation.

    Her primary focus is on economic justice and gender equity, working on targeted budgets, fiscal accountability, and governance. Recently, she has concentrated on enabling youth to access education and ensuring effective implementation of allocated budgets. This campaign has helped over 100,000 students secure scholarships and complete their education. Beena also chairs the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and works on training companies on diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.

    Beena's work involves significant engagement with UN mechanisms, including collaborations with OHCHR in Geneva and the HLPF in New York. Since 2015, she has been involved in advocating for the inclusion of marginalized voices in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High-Level Political Forum. She focuses on improving financial management to achieve the SDGs for marginalized communities. Beena has represented Dalit women’s rights at various UN platforms and has contributed to the overall work of Dalit Rights in NCDHR, participating in numerous national and international seminars to advocate for stronger policy measures and effective implementation.

    Outside her professional work, Beena enjoys dancing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. …Read more
  • Queen Bisseng

    Alternate, Social Justice Task Force

    Queen Bisseng is based in Cameroon and serves as a Council Member at GCAP. She works as a UN Programme Specialist for Africa with the Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFoD).

    Queen is a researcher and advocate for the recognition of the status of human rights defenders and Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD). She has been instrumental in leading GFoD’s involvement in the African region and engaging with African mechanisms. As a consultant and resource person on human rights issues, she is an active member of human rights defenders networks at both national and regional levels.

    Queen holds degrees in Humanitarian Action and African Civic Engagement. …Read more
  • Martina Kabisama

    Representative, Women and Feminists Constituency Group

    Martina Mnenegwa Kabisama brings over 30 years of experience in various senior management positions at both local and international levels. She is currently the National Coordinator of the Southern Africa Human Rights NGO Network (SAHRiNGON) Tanzania Chapter, which serves as the secretariat for the GCAP Tanzania Coalition.

    Martina represents the Feminist and Women Constituency in the GCAP Global Council and Africa in the Social Watch Global Coordination Committee. She was the first Chairperson of the Board for the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) from 2011 to 2017 and the Tanzania Civil Society Consortium on Election Observation (TACCEO) from 2010 to 2021. Additionally, she co-chaired the Coalition on Election Monitoring and Observation in Tanzania (CEMOT) from 2014 to 2017, gaining extensive experience in domestic and international election observation.

    Her involvement extends to the implementation and monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 2000 to 2015. Martina has worked on UPR recommendations and various contemporary issues such as gender-based violence (GBV), HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, poverty reduction, climate change, and constitutional reforms.

    Martina holds a Master’s Degree in International Management and Policy from Birmingham University, UK, an International Certification in Non-Violence Approaches to Conflict Management from Rhode Island University, USA, and has studied Peace Studies in Bangalore, India. She has also completed numerous short courses from around the world.
    …Read more
  • Marium Amjad Khan, Pakistan

    Alternate, Women and Feminists Constituency Group

    Pakistan Development Alliance

    Marium Amjad Khan is the Programs Lead at Awaz Foundation Pakistan, with around 13 years of experience in the development sector. Joining AwazCDS-Pakistan in 2011, she has served in various positions. Recently, she became a GCAP Global Council Member as part of the Feminist Constituency Group.

    Marium's core expertise lies in campaigning and advocacy at national and regional levels, focusing on fundamental freedoms including Human Rights, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Sexual and gender-based violence, civil society strengthening, women agricultural workers' rights, social protection for vulnerable groups, and education programs. Throughout her career, she has been a dedicated advocate for women’s and young girls' rights.

    Marium has tirelessly worked to raise awareness about discriminatory practices, especially against women, girls, and religious minorities. She has been deeply involved in policy advocacy to bring positive changes in policies related to early age marriages, domestic violence, women empowerment, and gender equality. A staunch advocate for girls' right to quality secondary education, she emphasizes better governance, financing, and accountability mechanisms in the education sector in Pakistan.

    She works primarily with policymakers, parliamentarians, media, and communities to advance human rights in Pakistan. Additionally, Marium is the National Coordinator for the Pakistan Development Alliance (GCAP member), collaborating with over 115 rights-based civil society organizations to make the SDGs a reality in the country. …Read more
  • Nuru S. Maro

    Representative, Youth Constituency Group
    Dar es Salaam

    Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC)

    Nuru S. Maro is an advocate admitted to the High Court of Tanzania and currently serves as the Protection Officer for Research, Engagement, and Advocacy at the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC). She represents the Youth Constituency of GCAP.

    Ms. Maro excels in providing strategic direction and fostering collaboration among government bodies, regional entities, human rights monitoring bodies and civil society organizations. She has a track record of coordinating Tanzanian CSOs' engagement with the African Union, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Her strategic leadership ensures effective representation and influences policies and initiatives at both regional and global levels.

    She plays a pivotal role in advancing Tanzania's interests in human rights, sustainable development, and international cooperation. She coordinates CSO participation in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Voluntary National Review (VNR). Additionally, she serves as a resource person for the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) and the Tanzania Gender and Sustainable Network (TANGSEN), focusing on integrating gender and energy into district development plans. Since 2015, she has been a key resource person for Amref Health Africa's programs addressing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). …Read more
  • Esso Pedessi

    Representative, Youth Constituency Group

    ONG Jeunes Verts

    Esso Kl nam PEDESSI, 37, serves as the Executive Director of the ONG Jeunes Verts in Togo, and is also the GCAP focal point in the country. His career reflects a deep dedication to development, project management, and social mobilization. As a prominent member of GCAP's Global Council, he plays a pivotal role in advancing global progress and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

    With expertise in project management, digital communications, leadership, and advocacy, he holds certifications from esteemed institutions such as Senghor University, IFDD, 2IE, and 350ORG. These certifications empower him to drive change and rally communities around sustainable development issues.

    Collaborating with various organizations and the Togolese government, he spearheads innovative initiatives to bolster community resilience, enhance participatory governance, and combat climate change. His active engagement in Conferences of the Parties (CoPs) underscores his commitment to environmental diplomacy and his ability to shape international policy.

    Simultaneously, he hones his IT skills and maintains a fervent passion for soccer, actively contributing to the Togolese Football Federation and local initiatives.
    …Read more


The Global Secretariat is decentralized and executes daily operations of GCAP based on the strategy and decisions of the Global Council.

  • Ingo Ritz



    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
  • Viryiny Castrillo

    Regional Coordinator Lat Am & Caribbean


    Viryiny is Regional Coordinator of GCAP LAC since November 2021. She coordinates GCAP activities in Latin America and the Caribbean and participates in the management of GCAP LAC projects, research, events and ad-hoc studies. Viryiny is Nicaraguan, she is a bilingual professional, studied Business Administration, doing her Master's degree in Spain. For several years she has been working in Nicaragua with civil society organisations, social movements and sectors, providing support in social networks, computer systems, communication management, support with country studies, Istanbul principles, popular assemblies, among others, all at the national level. She has experience in human relations, community service, media relations, digital marketing, campaign promotion. …Read more
  • Pradeep Baisakh

    Regional Coordinator Asia


    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
  • Pragatiprava Bai

    Communications Officer


    Pragatiprava Bai serves as the Communications Officer at Global Call to Action Against Poverty since mid-October 2023. In her role, Pragati manages the organization's website, crafts newsletters, handles social media, and coordinates the preparation and distribution of statements. She actively engages with media outlets and journalists to establish valuable connections. Based in Bhubaneswar, India, she brings over a decade of experience in journalism and communication. As a seasoned journalist, Pragati's expertise spans diverse topics, including Poverty and Inequality; Environment; Climate Change; Wildlife; Agriculture; and Indigenous Communities. Beyond writing, she excels in editing, in-depth research, documentation, website management, and social media handling. Her proficiency extends to producing comprehensive reports and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials. In the development sector, Pragati has contributed as a Project Associate, Communications Officer and Story and Documentation Consultant. Her work includes crafting informative case studies, creating compelling visual media, and advocating for positive policy change. …Read more
  • Carlos García Flores

    Coordinator, Coordinator Lat Am & Caribbean
    El Salvador

    Carlos García Flores, is a Peacebuilding and Sustainability resource person. He pursued International Relations, has a Masters degree in Project Management. He is committed to building a peaceful, equitable and just planet and devotes himself to participating in local and regional-level in networks that promote the reduction of inequalities, climate change, peace and security. …Read more
  • Pradeep Kumar Nanda

    Finance & Administration Manager

    Pradeep Kumar Nanda is a qualified finance professional from India, holding a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management. With over 18 years of experience in four different international non-profit organisations, he possesses extensive expertise in programme and financial management, office administration, financial budgeting, fund forecasting, grant management and reporting, partnership training and audits. Since March 2024, Pradeep serves as the Finance & Administration Manager at Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP). In plays a key role in financial management, budgeting, accounting, and administration of GCAP Global. He supports partnership contracts, fund transfers, and partner financial monitoring. Additionally, Pradeep coordinates financial audits and assists in grant reporting to donor agencies. …Read more

Global Foundation

GCAP Global Foundation is an independent non-profit legal organization registered in the Netherlands that handles the administrative and financial aspects of GCAP’s worldwide operation, including staffing and finances.

Networks & Platforms

GCAP and partners jointly built these global and regional platforms and continues to play a key role in their coordination.

GCAP is also a member of the following UN Major Groups and Other Stakeholders


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