Making international development more effective through exchange



At Equal & Opposite (E&O), our objective is to make international development more effective by generating novel interactions and exchanges between specific individuals and organizations. 


E&O strengthens fragile and often imperfectly understood (but always critically important) relationships between the various organizations, small and large, involved in international development. 


When displaying the results of these partnerships, we dispense with overused terms such as “the global poor”, and instead reveal the depth and richness of societies in all countries. 


E&O connects and engages. In doing so we hope to demonstrate a more innovative, dynamic, and cost-effective way of conducting international development cooperation. 



E&O comprises three closely interlinked functions: Agency, Network and Platform


NGOs              INTERNS 

We work with smaller grassroots NGOs, providing support in key areas through voluntary internships. Qualified interns are engaged to provide expertise, advice and practical support in such key areas as project proposal and report writing. Partner NGOs, often local organizations with superb ideas and potential but with little or no access to government or agency funding, can greatly increase their fund-raising capabilities and interactions with donors. 


NGOs              NGOs

Many small NGOs, often located in remote areas, have limited opportunity to learn from the experiences of counterparts in other regions or countries. E&O works to ensure that crucial development information – especially related to education, health or livelihoods – is shared between organizations on a similar or parallel development trajectory. In facilitating this, E&O ensures that project reports, funding applications and strategic plans are shared, to everyone’s benefit; all learn from shared successes – and failures. 


NGOs              GENERAL PUBLIC

The concept of “The Developing World” is often grossly oversimplified. Consequently, too many people have a fixed image of the problems of, and solutions to poverty. E&O describes and illustrates clearly and transparently the situations of its NGO partners. The general public can therefore have a clearer notion of the challenges and rewards of grassroots development, and engage with confidence in future partnerships. 


$ 64,500 raised

1,170 people benefited from the projects

6 internships completed

7 NGOs strengthened





William works as an international development advisor and consultant to various local and international nonprofits and social enterprises. He previously held positions with the United Nations, as the Director of a UK charity and a Regional Project Development Manager for a French International NGO.  Since 2009, William has lived in both Timor-Leste and Thailand, and travelled widely across the Americas, Europe, and South East Asia, engaging with different types of NGOs, donors, and local communities.  He came up with the idea for Equal & Opposite based on these experiences, and a desire to make international cooperation more effective. 

William currently lives in the UK. 



Originally from the UK, Rob has worked and lived in Asia for the past 50 years. His career started in journalism, including positions with Reuters based in Hong Kong and Paris, following which he worked for 25 years at the Asian Development Bank headquarters as Director of External Relations. Rob continues to support several locally run NGO projects in the region, including in Cambodia, India, Thailand, and The Philippines through his role as Field Advisor to the Lloyd George Asia Foundation, and independently. He travels regularly to see each project in person.  

Rob lives in Manilla, Philippines. 



Ian has an academic and teaching background in Modern History and Political Studies. As a social, travel and documentary photographer, Ian has worked with NGOs in Nepal, the Palestinian Territories, Serbia and Thailand, and has led photographic workshops to many other parts of the world – including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, Cuba, Peru and Bolivia. Currently an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, and a member of the editorial team producing ‘The Decisive Moment’, the on-line magazine of the RPS Documentary Group and contributor to the RPS Travel Group magazine, ‘The Travel Log’.  

Ian lives in rural Lincolnshire, UK. 




Intern, 2019


Working in Thailand, Maria conducted interviews with migrant communities, worked on report writing, project management, and learned how to interact directly with donors.

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Intern, 2020


Catarina worked on matching NGOs with potential donors and later on by using her digital and analytical skills, created an automatic way for organsiations to conduct this research.

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Intern, 2020


Tom worked in drafting funding applications, creating reports, collecting & summarising interviews and conducted research on a potential partner in Tanzania



Intern, 2020


Amid the pandemic,  through his internship, Jon learned about the legal requirements of start-up social enterprises by helping E&O to re-draft its Articles of Association.



Intern, 2020


Lucas worked on arranging weekly calls with partners, the development of the E&O website, social media communications on behalf of the partners, researching potential funding opportunities, and contributing to the development of a draft grant proposal


Equal and Opposite (E&O) is an asset locked, non-profit organisation – registered in England and Wales with company number 11876096 – dedicated according to its legal objects to the cause of making international development more effective. As a company limited by guarantee, all future profits will be re-invested in our social mission. Our Articles of Association have been adapted to confirm we operate as a Social Enterprise. For more information, please refer to Companies House here: