The Tricontinental Centre (CETRI), is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded in 1976 and based in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). CETRI is committed to study, publications and training in issues of development and North-South relations. Its main aim is to provide a transmission channel for the voices of the South and contribute to a critical examination of the dominant conceptions and practices of development in the era of neo-liberal globalisation. Emphasis is on understanding and discussing the role of social and political actors in the South in their struggle for social, political, cultural and ecological rights.
CETRI is active in five fields : research, publications, training, coaching, and documentation. Some of the main themes we have covered recently relate to ‘new North-South issues in globalisation’, dynamics of social actors in the South, relations between protest movements and political power in Asia, Africa and Latin America, the scope of social and political alternatives in the South, and the rationale and consequences of structural adjustment and development aid.
In addition CETRI conducts studies and research on various topics, compiles teaching materials and educational books, organises training courses and gives public lectures on their core areas of interest.
Most of CETRI’s activities seek to work broadly with a network of research institutions, study centres, NGO’s and other partner organisations in Latin America, Africa and Asia. In this context it must be noted that CETRI plays an active role on the International Council of the World Social Forum.
In Belgium CETRI is a member of the National Centre of Cooperation and Development (CNCD-11.11.11) and Acodev, the federation of French and German language organisations for cooperation and development. We also collaborate with our ‘Northern Partners’ through active membership of management boards (CNCD-11.11.11), political commissions, and action platforms or groups.