EQUAL & OPPOSITE
Making international development cooperation more effective through exchange
At Equal & Opposite (E&O), our objective is to make international development cooperation more effective by generating interactions and exchanges between specific individuals and organizations.
E&O facilitates the exchange of resources between key organisations involved in the international development sector: as an agency by introducing NGOs and grantmakers to each other, as a network by sharing knowledge between NGOs, and as a platform by sharing the work of NGOs work with the public.
E&O connects and engages. In doing so we hope to demonstrate a more innovative, dynamic, and cost-effective way of conducting international development cooperation.
E&O comprises three closely interlinked functions: Agency, Network and Platform
E&O makes introductions between NGOs and donors, then works to establish and maintain effective partnerships between them. To date, we have initiated several long term funding relationships through this method, as we find that often donors are seeking effective organisations to support, but don't know how to find them. Any reports or project documentation received during this process is used to facilitate learning and development for other members within our network.
Many NGOs, often located in remote areas, have limited opportunity to learn from the experiences of counterparts in other regions or countries. E&O works to ensure that crucial development information – especially related to education, health or livelihoods – is shared between organizations on a similar or parallel development trajectory. In facilitating this, E&O ensures that project reports, funding applications and strategic plans are shared, to everyone’s benefit; all learn from shared successes – and failures.
E&O actively promotes the work of NGOs within our network to the wider public. The method that we use to communicate the work of partners is through visual storytelling, in which we display a wider range of detail about the context around projects than is typically available in the media. In each case, we emphasize the fact that sustainable development work starts with ideas and activities initiated from within a community, upon which an international collaboration can be built.
$ 85,766 raised
2,021 people benefited from the projects
10 internships completed
7 NGOs strengthened
MEET THE TEAM
William works as an international development advisor and consultant to various local and international nonprofits and social enterprises. He previously held positions with the United Nations, as the Director of a UK charity and a Regional Project Development Manager for a French International NGO. Since 2009, William has lived in both Timor-Leste and Thailand, and travelled widely across the Americas, Europe, and South East Asia, engaging with different types of NGOs, donors, and local communities. He came up with the idea for Equal & Opposite based on these experiences, and a desire to make international cooperation more effective.
William currently lives in the UK.
Originally from the UK, Rob has worked and lived in Asia for the past 50 years. His career started in journalism, including positions with Reuters based in Hong Kong and Paris, following which he worked for 25 years at the Asian Development Bank headquarters as Director of External Relations. Rob continues to support several locally run NGO projects in the region, including in Cambodia, India, Thailand, and The Philippines through his role as Field Advisor to the Lloyd George Asia Foundation, and independently. He travels regularly to see each project in person.
Rob lives in Manilla, Philippines.
Ian has an academic and teaching background in Modern History and Political Studies. As a social, travel and documentary photographer, Ian has worked with NGOs in Nepal, the Palestinian Territories, Serbia and Thailand, and has led photographic workshops to many other parts of the world – including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, Cuba, Peru and Bolivia. Currently an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, and a member of the editorial team producing ‘The Decisive Moment’, the on-line magazine of the RPS Documentary Group and contributor to the RPS Travel Group magazine, ‘The Travel Log’.
Ian lives in rural Lincolnshire, UK.
Equal and Opposite (E&O) is an asset locked, non-profit organisation – registered in England and Wales with company number 11876096 – dedicated according to its legal objects to the cause of making international development more effective. As a company limited by guarantee, all future profits will be re-invested in our social mission. Our Articles of Association have been adapted to confirm we operate as a Social Enterprise. For more information, please refer to Companies House here: