— Coatl

Coatl (i) is a consulting firm specialized in issues related to development, as a lasting structural change process of organisations, communities and societies.

Areas of activity

Coatl focuses its work in three areas of intervention:


— Development Cooperation and Global Education
— Social and Community Development
— Organisational Development


Coatl also works in the development of tools that promote autonomy and sustainability in the third sector organisations.

joao mesquita

João Mesquita

Founder and managing partner of Coatl, holds Master in Development and International Cooperation by the School of Economics and Management (ISEG | University of Lisbon) and a degree in Economics (specialization in Development Economics) by the same university, having completed his final thesis on “The Culture of Evaluation in the Development Cooperation sector”.


João has an extensive know-how in managing projects, providing consultancy services and leading evaluations, mainly in the Development Cooperation, Social and Community Development, and Education and Youth sectors, favouring the use of participatory methodologies. He led evaluations of international projects in countries like Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, Portugal and European-wide.


Throughout his professional career João has worked with organisations such as the Council of Europe, the High Commission for Migration (ACM, IP), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS), the Portuguese National Youth Council, the Portuguese Development NGOs Platform, Doctors of the World, the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) and the European Anti-Poverty Network, among several other Development NGOs, Youth Organisations and Local Authorities.


João is member of several professional networks such as the European Evaluation Society, the Portuguese Evaluation Society, the Pool of Evaluators of the Portuguese Development Agency, the Pool of Experts of the European Executive Agency for the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Program (EACEA), and the Pool of Independent Experts and Evaluators of the Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action (IEACH).




Inês Marques Bastos
Junior Project Manager

Inês studied Engineering and Industrial Management at the University of Minho, but her involvement in a youth association since she was 16 led her to dedicate professionally to the Third Sector.


Through the youth association YUPI, she participated in several local volunteering activities and international youth exchanges, including a long-term volunteer experience in Argentina. She was the leader of the Portuguese group in several national and international youth exchanges (Austria (2011), Hungary (2012), Portugal (2014), Latvia (2014) and Armenia (2014)), and monitor and coordinator of 6 international summer workcamps between 2010 and 2016.


Still within the scope of her experience with the social sector, she has developed several projects in schools, always favoring Non-formal Education as a working methodology, namely: social innovation projects in order to engage young people in the problems of their community; informative sessions on existing opportunities for the youth and subsequent training for students who would become multipliers of these opportunities; projects for the integration of students from PALOP countries; management of the attribution of micro-funding to projects developed by youngsters to solve problems in their communities.




Paula Pedro

Holds a Master in International Development and Cooperation and a degree in Community Development and Mental Health, having completed several complementary courses in Project Cycle Management.


Throughout her professional experience, has worked as Project Coordinator and Coordinator of Monitoring and Evaluation in topics as diverse as education, health, community development, school meals and marine conservation in countries such as Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Angola and Bangladesh. As part of these duties, Paula was involved in developing grant applications to several funders (EuropeAid, UNICEF, Camões – Portuguese Cooperation, Plan International, Portuguese Municipal Councils), monitored and evaluated several projects, carried out a proactive search for funding opportunities and managed relationships with donors and partners. She also developed several recruitment and selection processes, team management, and management of monitoring and evaluation processes (Camões – Portuguese Cooperation, CE, USDA, UNICEF).


Her main interests are project cycle management, community development, volunteering and gender equity.