Our vision and mission


We believe another world is possible. The current political and economic world order elicits fundamental structural injustices at the social, ecological, economic and cultural level, which in turn cause exclusion and poverty.

We believe that for decennia to come mankind will have to face the challenges of further global regulation of the world economy and its actors and correct this system on an ecological and social level. The driving forces behind all this must be strong political and judicial structures, set up in accordance to basic democratic principles, based in a vigorous social middle field that is organized on a global level.

By its proper operational method, CATAPA intends to facilitate the creation of this global social middle field. That is why we want to invest in a vigorous global partnership of organized grassroots movements and form a joint front based on a shared outlook on a number of core issues in order to make our voices heard by the policy makers and economic actors of this world.

Our focus is on extractive industries for a number of reasons:

  1. They are exemplary for the unjust relationship between North and South and the negative impact of globalization.
  2. Recent years have seen a drastic surge in the impact of the exploitation and consumption of gas, petrol, minerals and metals on mankind, environment and climate.
  3. Flanders (or Belgium) did not yet have a movement that specializes in this field.
  4. We believe that a just and responsible exploitation of natural resources plays a key role in turning around climate change and that this offers the historic opportunity for the South to create a more just world order and to invigorate sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Based on this analysis the following general CATAPA objectives emerged :

  1. To build a resolute, new type of movement concerning extractive industries and corporate power.
  2. To offer NGO represented farming communities in the South case-specific support at a technical, judicial and political level.
  3. To inform, raise awareness, stimulate and network with regard to extractive industries, globalization and sustainable development in cooperation with universities, trade and labour unions, environmental movements, the North-South movement, the peace movement, human rights organizations, press and media, the corporate world, political authorities at various levels of government and citizens in Flanders and the rest of the world.