About Us

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 The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) is a southern-led movement that challenges the structures and institutions that perpetuate poverty and inequality.

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.

National Coalitions and Constituency Groups, which are the base for action, collaborate on regional and global campaigns.Our constituents include women, youth and socially excluded movements, NGO platforms, community and faith groups, international NGOs and others who call for action from world leaders to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality.  

In September 2015, the constituents of the GCAP Global Assembly declared they would work together in a new form from 2016 to build a strong, progressive global action for justice and to eradicate inequalities and poverty. The New GCAP will make inequalities visible by creating spaces and processes for people who are marginalised or live in vulnerable situations. We will also increase the capacity of the network's grassroots constituencies to engage with and challenge national governments to hold them to account to their SDG commitments.

Launched at the World Social Forum in 2005, GCAP has mobilised hundreds of millions of people and co-organised the world's largest issues-based mobilisation, as certified by Guinness World Records. Over the past several years, and through consultations in 39 countries, GCAP has insisted on the centrality of addressing inequalities and guaranteeing the active participation of people in the Agenda 2030.

GCAP works for social justice, against a backdrop of obscene inequality, both within and between countries.  We envision a world where economies create prosperity for all and not a select few, where governments, people and the private sector respect and treasure the planet so that it will be habitable not just for us but for generations to come.

Our mission:
GCAP supports the people in their struggles for justice and brings people and organisations together to challenge the institutions and processes that perpetuate poverty and inequalities across the world, to defend and promote human rights, gender justice, social justice and security needed for the dignity and peace of everyone.


Resources and Key Documents

History of GCAP

A little girl proudly displays her Stand Up writst bandIn September 2003, prominent activist on women and children’s issues, Graça Machel, hosted a group of southern non-governmental issues in Maputo, Mozambique.It was here, with other prominent civil society activists such as Kumi Naidoo that the idea of a Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) was first aired.Read the full story of GCAP's achievements

GCAP Supporters are United by Their Use of the White Band

The white band is the symbol that people, towns and cities all over the world can adopt to show their support and keep the anti-poverty message alive and visible.

Organisational Structure

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National Coalitions

GCAP has National Coalitions in over 100 countries and 6 global regions. Each national coalition and constituency group mobilises locally and/or regionally throughout the year, on the most relevant issues within the overall strategic directions of GCAP.

Constituency groups

In addition, there are constituency groups such as the Child and Youth Task Force, the Feminist Task Force and the Socially Excluded Task Force.

General Assembly

Made up of all GCAP constituents, GCAP is made up of a Global Assembly, which is the ultimate political decision-maker for GCAP at the global level. The Global Assembly includes, National Coalitions, constituency-based groups, INGOs, civil society organisations and Supporting Organisations.

Global Council

The GCAP Global Assembly elects a Global Council which is composed of regional and other representation. The Global Council provides strategic direction and implementation for GCAP, as mandated by the Global Assembly and its Declarations, which is headed by three Global Council Co-Chairs.

Global Secretariat

The Global Secretariat is decentralised and implements GCAP's daily operations and decisions of the Global Council.  There are currently three regional coordinators in addition to communications and programme support and a mobilisation coordinator. Find out more here about the members of the secretariat and how to contact them.

Regional councils

These regional bodies coordinate unified advocacy and mobilisation actions in Africa, the Arab Region, Asia, Europe and Latin America & the Caribbean.

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.

Global Council Co-Chairs

The 2013-2016 GCAP Global Council Co-Chairs

Amitabh Behar is the National Convener of Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, the GCAP India national coalition. He is also the National Convener of the National Social Watch Coalition (NSWC), which works for greater accountability of institutions of governance.  Amitabh's primary work focus is on governance and civil society. He is also a board member of several leading organizations in India including Navsarjan and the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability.  Watch a video of Amitabh addressing the United Nations about Post-2015 and the context of "obscene inequality" and read his reflections about the 'Poison Threads' in society.  Amitabh is currently serving his second term as a GCAP co-chair.

Marta Benavides is an activist, theologian, ecologist, and educator from El Salvador. She is one of the six Salvadorans honored by the international women's movement in the select group of 1000 Peace Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and is the recipient of the 2003 United Nations Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life.  Marta was re-elected to a second term as GCAP co-chair at the 2013 GCAP Global Assembly.  Read Marta's open letter about climate justicelisten to her speak about 'creating the community of peoples and nations that we need' and read this article written for World Environment Day called "Pay Forward".

Richard Ssewakiryanga is the Executive Director of the Uganda National NGO Forum, a platform of more than 400 civil society organisations. He is also chairperson of the Uganda Land Alliance, president of the East Africa Civil Society Forum and co-chair of the Civil Society Partnership for Effective Development.  He was elected GCAP co-chair at the 2013 GCAP Global Assembly.


Previous Co-Chairs

Sylvia Borren is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Netherlands.  She was previously Executive Director of Oxfam Novib and co-chair of Worldconnectors.  In addition to serving as a co-chair of GCAP from 2007 - 2013, she was also the first chair of the GCAP Foundation.  Watch her speak at a Stand Up rally and read more in this tribute.

Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International.  A well-known anti-apartheid and human rights activist, and former Secretary-General of CIVICUS, Kumi played a pivotal role in the formation and launch of GCAP in 2005, then served as a co-chair from 2007 - 2010.

Adelaide Sosseh is an education, human rights and anti-poverty campaigner from The Gambia.  She served as GCAP co-chair from 2007 - 2010.  Watch her speak here, read her open letter, "We Cannot Change the World By Keeping Quiet" as well as reflections on inequality and accountability in an article entitled, "Beyond the Data".

Global Council

The new GCAP Global Council was elected in July 2016 after a thorough and 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.

Salina Sanou, Beckie Malay and Riccardo Morro have been elected Co-Chairs of GCAP. More about the Co-Chairs and all other Global Council members can be found below.


Salina Sanou - Kenya - Co-Chair

Agency for Cooperation and Development in Reserach



Salina Sanou is a renown pan-African expert on education and gender with a particular focus on women, small scale farmers in rural and in conflict settings. She is the

Head of Policy and Advocacy at the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), heading a pan African advocacy programme mirroring four thematic areas: livelihoods, particularly right to food; conflict transformation and peacebuilding; gender justice and women’s rights and the right to health. She is also currently the focal point for the post 2015/SDGs agenda process within the organization. She has more than 17 years’ experience in women’s rights advocacy, research and project management. Prior to joining ACORD, she has worked across the African continent with various organisations including FAWE, CARE, Oxfam and the UN Millennium Project. She has authored many publications and position papers including Pastoralist Education in Mali and Niger; Pastoralist schools in Mali: Gendered Roles and Curriculum Realities and Beyond Access: Transforming Policy and Practice for Gender Equality in Education. She is a graduate of both University of Nairobi, Kenya and McGill University, Canada.



Oumar Sow - Senegal

GCAP Senegal


Oumar 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.



 Beckie Malay - Philipines - Co-Chair

Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM),

GCAP Philipines


Beckie is from the Philippines and is the GCAP focal person for the sub-region East Asia. Beckie has worked as a development worker for more than 20 years during which she worked with farmers, fisherfolk, women, and youth implementing integrated sustainable development programmes. She is in charge of policy and advocacy and campaigns on issues such as political and electoral reform, debt, trade, climate justice, and the post 2015 development agenda at the local, national and global level.Beckie studied development economics and has a passion for music and good food.

Over the last three years she engaged in the various SDG-related processes, including establishing cooperative working relations with other regional organisations such as the Asia Development Alliance, Forum Asia, and the Asia Democracy Network and taking major leadership role as a member of the Reference Group, in the global SDG and climate action platform action/2015.


Mohammad Zia-ur-Rehman - Parkistan

AWAZ Foundation, GCAP Pakistan


Zia leads the Pakistan Development Alliance, PDA and heads the AWAZ Foundation Pakistan.

Zia was nominated for the prestigious Nelson Mandela-Graca Machel Innovation Awards 2016 and has a lot of experience in campaigning and as GCAP Coordinator.

One focus of his work are the rights of women and young people.


Katsuji Imata - Japan

CSO Network Japan

Katsuji works as Board Chair of CSO Network Japan and Executive Director of Japan NPO Center. Katsuji also serves on the Board of Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs (SDGs Japan), a new coalition of international development NGOs and national and local nonprofits in Japan. Between 2007and 2013, Katsuji was in Johannesburg, South Africa, serving in a senior management role for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which works to strengthen civil society and citizen action throughout the globe.



Farah Nazeer - United Kidgom



Farah is a policy, public affairs, campaigning, and communications professional with over 18 years of experience in civil society. She is the current Director of Policy and Campaigns at BOND.

The aid agenda, economic justice for girls and women and effective campaigning and public mobilisation are of particular importance to her. Ownership and activism is the critical key to unlocking systemic change.



Riccardo Moro - Italy - Co-Chair

GCAP Italy

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Originally from Turin, Italy, Riccardo is the spokesperson of GCAP Italy. He teaches Development Politics at the University of Milan has taught international politics and international economics at several institutions in Africa and Latin America. He was very active in the Jubilee Campaign, which focused on debt cancellation in the late ’90s and for the improvement of  poverty reduction policies in the first decade of 2000.     

Riccardo works regularly in Lima, Peru, where he manages one of  the biggest debt funds that finances sustainable development. Projects in Peru implemented by NGOs and local municipalities.



Latin America and the Caribbean

Mario Céspedes - Costa Rica

Red de Control Ciudadano


Mario Céspedes from Costa Rica is from the organisation Red de Control Ciudadano (Netowrk of Citizen Control) which provides a space for a diverse network of 25 organisations which aim at capacity building amongst citizens around monitoring and advocacy on public policy. A debate and furthering public discourse about development that is fair and ensures that it is equal and ensures equity and above all guarantee the participation of the people of Costa Rica and of all Central America.



Agustina Carpio - Argentina


IMG_20160728_162731.jpgAgustina comes from the NGO Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos (FOCO), Argentina, which focuses on citizen engagement and participation. She has coordinated GCAP Argentina since the beginning. 

She is a social activist and the coordinator of communication area in the NGO. She coordinated the work of coalition of Argentina with a long experience in issues related to human rights and regional integration.



Global Council Minutes

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GCAP GC Minutes May 21, 2015.pdf90.52 KB
GCAP GC Minutes June 18, 2015.pdf89.91 KB
GCAP Enlarged GC Minutes Jan 14, 2016.pdf82.42 KB
GCAP Enlarged GC Minutes Feb 25, 2016.pdf72.96 KB
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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. The Foundation is elected by the Global Council.  The current Foundation board members were elected in September 2017.

Foundation Members

  • Beckie Malay - Chair
  • Salina Sanou - Vice Chair
  • Riccardo Morro - Tresurer
  • Oumar Sow - GCAP Senegal
  • Mohammad Zia-ur-Rehman, GCAP Pakistan
  • Farah Nazeer - BOND (UK)
  • Mario Céspedes - Red de Control Ciudadano (Costa Rica)
  • Agustina Carpio - FOCO (Argentina)
  • Katsuji Imata - (GCAP Japan)

The GCAP Global Council provides political and strategic guidance.  Click the following links to learn more about the GCAP co-chairs and GCAP Global Council.

Global Secretariat

Ingo Ritz
ingo.ritz AT whiteband.org
Brussels, Belgium
Pradeep Baisakh 
Asia Coordinator
pradeep.baisakh AT whiteband.org
Delhi, India
Kyerewa Asamoah Sekpey
Africa Coordinator
kyerewa AT whiteband.org
Accra, Ghana
Tanja Gohlert
Europe Coordinator and Head of Global Communications
tanja.gohlert AT whiteband.org
Brussels, Belgium
Johannes Butscher
Campaigns Officer
johannes.butscher AT whiteband.org
Bogota, Colombia

Dorothy Namuyiga 
Finance and Administration Officer
dorothy.namuyiga AT whiteband.org
Brussels, Belgium

Elisabeth Harding
Elisabeth.Harding AT whiteband.org
Brussels, Belgium

Zoheb Mashiur 
Zoheb.Mashiur AT whiteband.org
Brussels, Belgium

Press Information

For all media inquiries please contact Tanja Gohlert.  You can also write us at info AT whiteband DOT org.


GCAP logo The World We Want logo At the Table logo

The  files below are logos for GCAP and the events and initiatives in which it participates.  Click on the image to download.

Press Kits

We have prepared press kits to aid the media in understanding the events and issues in which GCAP participates.

Civil G20 Seoul

Click on a name and listen to interviews conducted by Global Council member Michael Switow at the Civil G20 Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea.


Abdul Awal


Marta Benavides

or in spanish 


Claudine Claridad


Dennis Howlett


Tyotyo James


Humberto Jaramillo


Hamdi Al Kawaja

Jomo Kwame Sundaram 

Assistant Secretary General of the UN


G20 Seoul 2010 Press Kit

G20 Seoul Summit 2010GCAP has issued the following press releases stating the organization's positions ahead of the 2010 G20 in Seoul.

20 Recommendations to the Seoul G20 Summit

6 Action Points for the G20

"It's not enough for Africa to be a 'permanent' guest of the G20"

GCAP Media Kit

GCAP flyerThe Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) is a growing alliance that brings together trade unions, INGOs, the women’s and youth movements, community and faith groups and others to call for action from world leaders in the global North and South to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality.

The files listed below provide printable background information about the organization and the official logo, for use in media coverage.

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GCAP Logo7.38 KB

Stand Up 2010 Media Kit

Stand Up Against  Poverty and Inequality

A day before major UN Summit, activists from every corner will rally in NYC across the globe, millions Stand Up Against Poverty.

DATE: September 19, 2010
TIME: 12:00 – 4:00pm
PLACE: Josie Robertson Plaza - 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY
EVENT: Rally – Stand Up Take Action Against Poverty, Stand Up for The World We Want

The following files provide important information about the event.

SUTA Media Advisory1.01 MB
Stand Up Speakers134.41 KB
The World We Want 2015187.94 KB
Stand Up logo84.92 KB

Press Releases


GCAP In The Media


Manila BulletinShare Your Message for the World with mosaic:EARTH and Harmony
HRH The Prince of Wales has released his latest book, Harmony, detailing a new approach to understanding the world—and living in it... (16 November, 2010)

EuronewsEl G20 pone fin a la guerra de divisas en su comunicado final
Los líderes pidieron a los países que “se abstengan” de practicar devaluaciones competitivas de sus monedas… (12 November 2010)

EuronewsJury Out on Success of G20
The G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, is over, but what have the leaders of the world’s leading and emerging economies actually achieved… (12 November 2010)


International Business TimesG20 Comes Up Short On Action, But Leaders Hope For More
Leaders at the G20 spent as much time promoting the process itself as the real accomplishments of the summit... (12 November, 2010)

The Globe and MailG20 nations agree to business-focused plan to fight poverty
It’s called the Seoul consensus – and it could be a turning point for the global fight against poverty... (11 Nov. 2010)


International Business TimesSave the children, achieve recovery: NGOs tell G20 leaders
The financial crisis places a double squeeze on poor children, says Save the Children, the UK-based non-profit organization... (11 Nov. 2010)

es fonctionnaires du ministère des affaires étrangères coréen ne parlent pas aux fonctionnaires du ministère ... (11 Nov. 2010)



International Business TimesLabor makes its discontent known
It is an open secret that a number of the G-20 nations are in disagreement on how to deal with crucial issues facing the economies and the peoples of the world... (10 Nov. 2010)


The Huffington PostThe Movement with a Thousand Faces
Though the outcome of this meeting is as of yet uncertain, one thing at least is clear - the climate movement has blossomed... (04 Nov. 2010)


Manila BulletinAsian NGOs Craft Alternative Dev't Agenda
Civil society leaders from various Asian nations converged the other day in Quezon City to contribute to the crafting of a development agenda... (Manila Bulletin, 5 November, 2010)



GCAP Supporting Organisations

GCAP partner organziations span the globe

The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is a growing alliance of trade unions, community groups, faith groups, women and youth organisations, NGOs and other campaigners working together across more than 100 national platforms. Many organisations and groups work in partnership with GCAP, globally or as part of national coalitions, supporting and collaborating in the fight against poverty. Get involved, find your local GCAP coalition now. Supporting organisations willing to be listed here can contact us at info(at)whiteband.org