Dienst voor Internationale Samenwerking aan Ontwikkelings Projecten or Organization for International Co-operation on Development Projects, is a Belgian private non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1961 and recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization for Development Aid. In the course of the years, DISOP managed to build up a firm and dynamic supportive group in Belgium as well as in other parts of the world.
DISOP considers itself as:
- an instrument of solidarity among nations
- a contribution to the development of less advantaged nations in the world
DISOP‘s strategy is based on three pillars:
- a relation of confidence, based on the respect for and the capacity of nations to word their own priorities. DISOP’s starting point is the local demand.
- an integrated approach based on the human being and his (social, economical, cultural and ecological) environment.
- the development of networks of exchange of know-how and synergies.
Within the present social framework, characterized by social exclusion, a consequence of the lacking social management of the globalization and the technological evolution, DISOP’s approach is based on the concept of the “employability”, the capability of people to practice and to keep practicing a job (ILO – Geneva)
DISOP Philippines, is an Agency for International Development, co-financed by the Belgian Government through its Development Aid Fund. It supports community-initiated development programs, which are based on economically sustainable, ecologically sound and gender responsive development efforts. We aim to achieve this through financial assistance and multi-level capability building in partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) with the end-view of improving the quality of life of poor communities.
DISOP Philippines in Tacloban City has been operating as a coordinating office to the various projects it had implemented together with other non-government organizations in the Philippines. DISOP started its operation in the Philippines in 1998 with projects all over the country. For 18 years DISOP Philippines shared knowledge and experiences in sustainable and holistic development of communities, with environmental (both coastal and terrestrial) and biodiversity conservation, integrated natural resource management, capability building of POs/NGOs and providing opportunities for livelihood and employment.
DISOP Philippines is run by a seven-member Board of Trustees with diverse expertise and nationalities. It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1999.