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Marín Aranguren, E. M. (2015). Role and challenges of Colombian CSO: an international outlook. Cooperacion, 2(2), 177–204. https://doi.org/10.21500/23825014.2275
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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.



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