Our Work

Building Partnerships for Global Justice

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.” Eduardo Galeano. Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking Glass World. CoDev combines a unique approach of solidarity and partnership with a depth of knowledge and experience. CoDev was born out of the acknowledgment that Canada shares both a continent and a common history with Latin America. The struggles of people in Latin America parallel the struggles that Canadians face. Underlying our approach to international development is a commitment to the following methods.

Empowering Women

Promotion of gender equality is a priority in all of CoDev’s programs. Women’s empowerment is the main focus of our maquila solidarity work, a strong part of our work with teachers, and the target of many of our community-led development programs. By promoting more equitable gender relations and providing women with the tools they need, CoDev is strengthening Latin American civil society at its very core. More than 50% of CoDev’s Latin American partners are women’s organizations or committees.

Fostering Canadian-Latin American Partnerships

CoDev’s partnership model has received international acclaim. We facilitate relationships between Canadian and Latin American organizations that share a commitment to workers’ rights, community development and women’s rights. We keep both parties informed of each other’s struggles and successes, organize visits, and promote learning, dialogue and collaboration. Partnerships make global solidarity real for both parties.

Strengthening Civil Society

Over the past three decades Latin America has changed from a region characterized by authoritarian national-security states to one characterized by democracies and a growing private business sector. We support Latin American organizations in mobilizing members to promote and defend their rights in this new political climate. CoDev helps organizations involve disenfranchised groups in local decision making processes, develop policy, and effectively lobby both the public and private sector.