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Our History

Founded in Portugal on the 23rd of February 1988, Oikos – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento is a non-profit-making association internationally recognised as an International Non-governmental Organisation (INGO).  


We are truly a worldwide association, since we join forces with anyone - individuals or institutions - who shares our vision of a world where there is no poverty and no injustice, and where human development can be equitable and sustainable on a local and global scale.

Acting independently of any and all political, financial or religious institutions, we are always available to work in conjunction with public and private bodies who embrace the same values we do and whose goals and purpose is to eradicate poverty and develop sustainable solutions so that everyone has the right to live their life with dignity.

Constitution and Origin

      • In October 1986 an International Seminar for northern and southern European NGOs, organised by the EECOD (European Ecumenical Organisation for Development) was held in the Portuguese city of Figueira da Foz. A group of Portuguese, attending for personal reasons, were inspired to draw up a project to found a Portuguese NGO focusing on development and cooperation.
      • The Association was legally incorporated on the 23rd of February 1988.
      • The Statutes were published in the official Portuguese Gazette (Diário da República), issue no. 104, on the 5th of May 1988.
      • The Organisation’s Instigating Committee, comprising Jardim Gonçalves, Luís de França and Guilherme Pereira, was elected on the 21st of March 1988.
      • A new Instigating Committee, comprising Jardim Gonçalves, Luís de França, Guilherme Pereira, Jeremias Carvalho and David Valente was elected on the 10th of May 1990
      • The first General Assembly, including the first election of the board members, was held on the 16th of October 1991, and was attended by 19 members, the five members of the Instigating Committee and 14 guests.
      • In 1992, the Portuguese Government, through the IPAD - Instituto Português de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento (Portuguese Development Support Institute) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recognised our status as a Corporate Body in the Public Interest.
      • In 2000, Oikos was granted Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).


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