Worldcoo’s CEO, Sergi Figueres, signed this morning an agreement of collaboration with Carles Llorens, director of the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD). The aim of this agreement is to promote cooperation crowdfunding as a new way of financing cooperation projects, in front of the current decline of funding by the government. “What is needed is to push the business world to cooperation”, said Llorens.
This new partnership will mean for Worldcoo access to technical validated cooperation projects validated by the Agency and its advisers, and for the ACCD will be a new way to seek funding for projects that now they can not stand, joining to other already initiated ways of funding, as the sponsorship agreements.
Sergi Figueres has emphasised that “our challenge is to bring our know how in the field of crowdfunding and to get involved people and businesses through our website www.worldcoo.com. In this way, we put our bit to try to get where government does not reach”. Precisely one of the characteristics of Worldcoo is any cost for NGOs, while ensuring the full contribution of crowdfunding to projects, because their profit is in the management plans of the companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility. Therefore, it represents a paradigm shift on how far the world has worked in cooperation. Sergi Figueres, Aureli Bou i Bernat Mir launched this company one month ago, and they already work with projects from Intermón-Oxfam, Fundació Campaner and Desos NGO.
Carles Llorens says that “we have large difficulties to maintain public investments in cooperation for more than a year and a half, so we have put in place mechanisms to solve it”. The willingness of the Government is to find new ways of financing and innovative instruments adapted to the Catalan cooperation reality. Also meets the guidelines of the Master Plan for Development Cooperation 2011-2014, which establishes the need to promote innovation in policy instruments for development cooperation of the Government, as the tools to implement the strategies of cooperation have evolve according to the changes in international contexts.
Both Worldcoo as the Agency have shown hopefully in this agreement and wish a long and prosperous partnership.