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The international arena constantly experiences permanent changes. Context, themes and agents change continuously. Agents’ roles change as well. The world recognizes that states are not the only agents. There are also non-state actors, such as Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). In this context, we should ask: What is the role and what challenges are presented to Colombian CSOs on the stage of development cooperation? To find out, by using two data collection instruments, a research was conducted with state actors and non-state actors who are involved in development cooperation. The study finds that Colombian CSO’s have an active and long presence that reaches over 50 countries in the Global South. Even though, the State does not have a close relationship with them. It is just a politically correct speech. However it is found that there exists a limited enabling environment for on-going and future development of CSOs within the architecture of cooperation. It is proposed that Colombia, now in its role of donor, could achieve positive international outlook if it developed an enabling environment that synergistically made bigger and stronger the work of CSOs which would generate value in terms of development.