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GCAP's New Leadership!

Acclaimed rights activists from El Salvador, India and Uganda have been elected to serve as co-chairs of GCAP's Global Council and help lead the world's largest civil society network focused on inequality and poverty eradication.

Richard Ssewakiryanga - executive director of a large NGO forum, chairperson of the Uganda Land Alliance and president of the East Africa Civil Society Forum – was elected to his first term as co-chair by acclamation at the GCAP Global Assembly in Johannesburg.

Amitabh Behar, convenor of India's Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, and Marta Benavides, an outspoken advocate for people and planet, were re-elected at the assembly to serve second terms.

GCAP bids a fond 'farewell' to outgoing co-chair Sylvia Borren, who is currently Executive Director of Greenpeace Netherlands and on the board of GCAP Netherlands. Sylvia has also stepped down from her role on the GCAP Global Foundation. We write 'farewell' in quotes, because we know that Sylvia will continue to support GCAP in all that she does.

GCAP has also re-elected its primary governance structures: the Global Council and Global Foundation. The Global Council provides political guidance and strategic direction in between global assemblies, while the Global Foundation is a legally-registered body that is responsible for GCAP's finance and administration.

Global Council representatives come from the Dominican Republic, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Spain and Tanzania, among other countries. 

Elections for the Global Council were held at the regional and constituency group levels. The GCAP Global Foundation has been elected by the Global Council. Read more about the Global Council and Global Foundation members.