History

CODESPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to international development with 30 years of experience. Formed by a multi background group of professionals and experts committed to the cause of poverty eradication in all its aspects. Our Honorary President is His Majesty the King Felipe VI.


Since our creation until now, we have managed around 800 projects in 33 countries of Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia and we have helped millions of people to improve their living conditions.

Step by step, committed to our core values we achieved important results. Here are some of the most important:

1985. CODESPA was established on 12 November by Laureano López Rodó and a group of businessmen and university lecturers concerned about poverty. Don Juan de Borbón y Batemberg becomes honorary president.

1987. In just two years, we performed projects in eight Latin American countries and signed the first co-funding project with the European Commission.

1989. We start working with FAO and the Unesco.

1991. Delegations are established in Catalonia, the Valencian Community and the Basque Country.

1993. HRH the Prince of Asturias takes over the post of Honorary President.

1997. The first CODESPA Award given to the most Supporting private enterprise.

1998. We begin working with IAF (Inter-American Foundation).

2002. We begin working with the World Bank and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. Together with other institutions, we establish the Andean Network for Conservation and Development.

2003. We start working with the Inter-American Development Bank (BID). Together with the Institute of European Studies of the CEU San Pablo University, we establish the Centre for Development Cooperation Studies (CECOD).

2004. We create the Microenterprise Support Studies Centre (CEAMI) together with the Rafael del Pino Foundation and the ICO Foundation.

2005. We start collaborating with the Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo of the OEA (Organization of American States).

2007. We sign an agreement with the Philippine Minister of Agriculture to encourage the country’s rural development.

2008. We begin the SUMA project to foster alliances between the public and private sectors to establish economic and social development programs in Latin America. Within this initiative, we partner with AECID ( Spanish Cooperation Agency) and other foundations belonging to Redeamérica and the US Inter-American Foundation.