Enda is the result of the long journey of enlightened spirits who noticed the failure of the south to develop, after a decade of independence, a system already too partitioned and finally the realities of a third world which was getting a bit poorer every day. Conceived from this shared vision, Enda was first established in 1972 as a project of the African Institute for economic development and planning, financed by the United Nations Program for Development (then newly created), and the Swedish Agency for International Development.

From the end of the 70s, Enda progressively became an international NGO which has been able to use unsuspected resources to counteract the South’s ever growing poverty, preserve an environment which was degrading in a relative indifference, and promote a citizenship crucial to the suitable decision making in phase with the interests of the poorest. Enda has thus been a pioneer in its methods and themes of intervention, but also served as a model to multiple organizations still present today in what we call the world of development.

Born in the south to serve the people from the south, Enda has since its creation, fought against the socioeconomic marginalization of the less fortunate and for the durable development, especially at two principal levels. First, by acting in favor of the amelioration of the living conditions of vulnerable groups those are the inhabitants of disadvantaged urban zones and the rural populations of the southern countries. Second by taking an active role in the war of ideas and the management of knowledge; that implies a flawless engagement in the fight against the hegemony of the unique neoliberal way of thinking, the research-action for development, the reinforcement of the actors capacity, the lobbying and advocacy during international conferences (i.e. on fair trade, WTO negotiations, the annulation of debts, the respect of human rights, the exploitation of children, women abuses,…) etc.