Founded in 1976, GRET is an international development NGO, governed by French law, which acts from work on the ground all the way up influencing policy, with the aim of providing durable and innovative answers to the challenges of poverty and inequalities. Its professionals provide lasting, innovative solutions for fair development in the field and work to positively influence policy. GRET’s 771 professionals work on 150 projects per year in 28 countries.
A Professional NGO
- In its vision of development: Because the struggle against poverty and inequalities requires the best skills, GRET defends a professional approach to development and enriches the sector with knowledge and innovative solutions.
- In the involvement of developing country populations: GRET does not do charity; it believes that developing country people are citizen actors in their development. It therefore acts with them, favoring the dignity of citizenship over hand outs, capacity building over substitution, contribution to public policy over recycled unsuitable models, and working with the economic sector over sterile opposition.
- In its practices: GRET has the experience and references necessary to conduct its development actions properly. It places particular importance on transparency and seriousness in management, a mark of confidence for its partners around the world and its public (European Union, AFD, government authorities and international organizations), associative and company donors.
A Development NGO
Acting for development requires a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach. For this reason, GRET acts:
- on a range of 7 complementary themes that, together, contribute to the development of developing countries:
- Agriculture: Value Chains and Agricultural Policies;
- Civic issues and democracy;
- Drinking Water, sanitation and waste management;
- Natural resource management and energy;
- Microfinance and professional integration;
- Health: nutrition and social protection;
- Cities for all and decentralisation;
- with a wide range of different professions, from the field to research to policy; and
- from the local to the global level, in villages and in international bodies.