Our Approach

A different definition of the industrialised world and developing countries

The image of a rich Western world (the Northern hemisphere) and a poor Southern hemisphere no longer corresponds to today’s social and economic realities. The distribution of wealth and the poverty map are now much more nuanced. On this basis, Cota wants to develop a more comprehensive approach, considering both hemispheres to be part of its scope of action.

Territories at the heart of change

The vision of development by individual (business) sectors is restrictive, preventing us from having a more holistic understanding of change phenomena. An approach based on territories and multi-stakeholder change would seem to be more sustainable and more in line with the continuous interactions between sectors and between stakeholders.

The necessary opening up of stakeholders and sectors

The development cooperation and international solidarity sector is not meant to operate independently of other sectors, but instead to contribute to comprehensive and multi-sectoral human development. Cota is thus seeking to play the role of a facilitator and mediator between this and other sectors, as social services, public policymaking or private business.

Complementary geographic scopes of intervention

Change processes underway throughout the world are all interdependent. On this basis, Cota is developing an approach without geographic borders, diversifying its footprint in Belgium, strengthening its international missions and developing its network of initiatives in Europe.

A pragmatic approach based on co-creation

In all of its work, Cota takes a pragmatic, stakeholder-centric approach, giving priority to the immediate concerns of its partners and giving precedence, as far as possible, to co-creation rather than just passive support. This approach favours in-house learning in the organisations concerned, as well as collective learning.