The Portuguese NGDO Platform

The Portuguese Non-Governmental Development Organizations (NGDOs) Platform is a private non-profit organization that represents a group of about 59 Portuguese NGDOs, registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Created in March 1985 by its’ member organizations, it responded to their need to position themselves as fundamental interlocutors of the Portuguese government and international organizations, in the process of building policies in the areas of development cooperation, development education and global citizenship and humanitarian and emergency aid.

The Platform represents and supports Portuguese NGDOs at a national and international level, contributing to strengthen civil society’s intervention in the areas mentioned above and to empower NDGOs in order to create a fairer and more equitable world.



An organized, plural, independent and cohesive civil society which, by promoting human dignity, contributes effectively and jointly to the common good and to a just and socially, economically and environmentally balanced world.



The Portuguese NGDO Platform’s mission is to contribute to improve and foster NGDOs’ work, at political, legal and social levels, promoting best practices. The Platform works with NGDOs promoting a fairer and more equitable world, in Development Cooperation, Education and Communication and Humanitarian and Emergency Aid.


The Platform’s main goals are:

  • To promote an increasingly inclusive society, based on values such as equity and solidarity;
  • To build collaborative mechanisms allowing for the development of societies based on diversity and the respect for human rights;
  • To encourage non-discrimination policies and promote the dignity of all human beings;
  • To monitor and influence the design, implementation and evaluation of development and cooperation policies at national and international levels;
  • To set itself as an important interlocutor for both governmental and supra-governmental organizations in Development Cooperation issues.

Members and Working Areas

The Portuguese NGDO Platform represents a group of about 59 Non-Governmental Development Organizations (NGDOs). NGDOs are private, non-profit legal persons operating in the areas of Development Cooperation, Emergency and Humanitarian Aid and Development Education and Global Citizenship.  

Find our more about our members here (in portuguese).

How we work

We work for global justice and sustainable development through political advocacy, civil society capacity building, communication for development, and the promotion of cohesion among our members.

Working Groups

Working Groups are joint working structures composed by Platform’s member organizations. Their objetive is to analyze and reflect on issues related to specific areas of NGDOs' work.

They are an essential piece of organic participation within the Platform, organising their own initiatives, such as knowledge production, workshops, brainstorming sessions, awareness raising actions, training workshops, among others. Currently we have three working Groups:  Aid Watch Working Group, Development Education and Global Citizenship Working Group and Ethics Working Group


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Rita Leote | Executive Director

Bárbara Muniz | Aministrative Assistant

Carlota Bicho | Communications Coordinator

Catarina Farrajota | Project Officer

Luciana Almeida | Capacity Building Coordinator

Paula Aço | Financial and Administrative Coordinator

Tomás Nogueira | Advocacy Officer

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