— 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.



Help and empower organisations working in the public interest, through the provision of consultancy and evaluation services aimed at promoting development as a structural and lasting change for organizations, communities and society.




– Respect for employee rights and needs:

We defend and practice a work model which respects and values the people who build Coatl daily, ensuring strict compliance with labor rights and fair recruitment principles, investing continuously in their training and personal and professional growth, promoting autonomy, responsability and flexibility, as well as respect for the balance between professional and personal life.


– Horizontality and transparency:

We believe in horizontality and transparency as fundamental principles of a collaborative, democratic and empowering decision model, which respects diversity of opinions and is guided by collective solutions search.


– Ethics and responsability:

We guide our actions for strong ethical principles and strict compliance with the law, promoting fair competition and respect for deadlines, quality criteria and commitments made to our costumers and society in general.


– Proximity and flexibility:

Our action is based on participatory and empowering processes and on sharing information and knowledge, adjusting our services and working methods to the capacities, expectations and needs of each entity and building close relationships that respect their identities and ways of working.


– Human Rights:

Human rights respect and the opposition to any form of discrimination, namely by gender, color, national or social origin, sexual orientation or religion, is a fundamental part of our values. We ensure that our different relationships are built on the acknowledgment of the dignity, equality and freedom of all human being and that they contribute to the affirmation of a fraternal and cooperative spirit between individuals, communities and organisations.


– Cultural diversity:

We respect the identity of the people and the areas where we work, valuing cultural diversity as a source of exchanges, innovation and mutual assistance. Being actively aware of the importance and the challenges posed by cultural diversity is a key aspect to ensure the quality of our services aimed at supporting and empowering organisations.


– Promotion of Development Goals:

We value organisations that guide their action by promoting development and not assistencialism. We therefore privilege work for continuous, transformative and truly empowering changes for individuals and their communities, distancing ourselves from charitable assistance, which promotes dependency without responding to the root causes of problems.


– Ecological awareness:

We seek to develop our action in such a way as to create the least possible impact on the health of the planet and its ecosystems, namely regarding the use of natural resources and their derivatives in daily life and the direct or indirect environmental consequences of our actions. Likewise, we seek to work with other organizations and individuals who share these concerns.

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João Mesquita
Consultant and manager

João is Coatl founder and managing partner. He has a bachelor’s degree on Economics (specialization in Development Economics) and a master’s degree in International Development and Cooperation (ISEG – University of Lisbon) concluded with a dissertation about “Evaluation Culture in portuguese Development Cooperation sector”.


He has been working as a consultant and evaluation expert since 2013, collaborating with organisations such as ACNUR/UN, IFAD/UN, Council of Europe, EU-PAANE/IMVF, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, EFUS – European Forum for Urban Security, EPLM – European Plataform on Learning Mobility, São Tomé and Príncipe NGO Federation, European Youth Forum, EAPN – European Anti Poverty Network, FEC – Cooperation and Faith Foundation, Doctors of the World, AMI Foundation and many others civil society organisations and public institutions.


Member of the European Evaluation Society (EES), AvalPortugal – Portuguese Evaluation Association and also of Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, IP, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and Research Institute of Conflicts and Humanitarian Action (IECAH) databases of evaluation experts.




Inês Marques Bastos
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.


Inês joined Coatl in November 2016. In terms of project evaluation, she has experience evaluating development projects and participated in several external evaluation teams of national and international projects in the field of youth, participation, human rights, gender equality, sexual rights and human trafficking. She was responsible for primary data collection on many different Coatl’s tasks and more recently for data collection for a market study conducted in Guinea-Bissau for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She has extensive experience using participatory methodologies, namely Non-Formal Education.


Inês had 45 hours training in Gender, Equality and Citizenship at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto. She’s a member of the pool of trainers of Portuguese Youth Network for Equality and of the National Federation of Youth Associations.



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Margarida Gomes
Junior Project Manager

Margarida has joined Coatl recently. She’s taking a Master’s degree in History, International Relations and Cooperation (specialization in International Relations) at the University of Porto. She did a research project about migration crisis at the European Union. She has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (University of Lisbon) with a dissertation about John Rawl’s theory of distributive justice. She has accredited training in Design and Implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and Development Projects Management (Inter-American Development Bank) and experience in creating tools for data collection, qualitative data treatment and analysis, organizational diagnosis and strategic planning and project monitoring and evaluation (participatory methodologies, CAD-OCDE criteria).


She has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (University of Lisbon) with a dissertation about John Rawl’s theory of distributive justice.


She’s very interested in development cooperation’s role in promoting human rights and in participatory citizenship education.


She also works in the education sector as a middle school/ high school tutor, enthusiastically supporting and educating young people to be curious and creative and to think critically and communicate better.


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Gil Pereira
Junior Project Manager

Gil joined (February 2019) Coatl recently and has a degree in Applied Biology by the University of Minho, with a Specialization in Environmental Education by the Biotechnology School of the Catholic University in Porto.


In his professional path he counts with a large experience of more than ten years as an environmental educator and youth worker, focusing mostly on non-formal education, volunteering, active participation and citizenship and having implemented and coordinated several local, national and international projects. He has developed his competences on these same fields of work, through the participation in various trainings, at national and international level, mainly in the context of the “Youth in Action” and “Erasmus+” European programmes.


He has special interest and has been participating as a volunteer for more than twenty years, since he was 15, in several organizations and activist movements in the fields of environment, ecology, youth and human rights.


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.




Bruno Coutinho
Evaluation Specialist

Degree in Sociology at Coimbra University, specialization course in contemporary Portuguese society, and in management and evaluation of social projects, at Porto University.


Trainer in evaluation, entrepreneurship and social innovation courses. Guest Lecturer at ISCAP_PP and is currently a consultant on the Social Network of the Municipality of Mação, evaluator of social intervention projects and researcher at CEOS – Center for Organizational and Social Studies of the Polytechnic of Porto. External consultant at the Porto Business School (Porto University), in evaluation projects. Worked, for several years, in training management, as well as in the coordination of social intervention projects (PEETI, EQUAL, CLDS, among others).


Collaborated on two publications in the area of impact evaluation of adult education and training. European Union Technical Assistant for institutional HR training, at the Ministry of Assistance and Social Reinsertion of Angola, and within the scope of the “APROSOC – Support for Social Protection in Angola” project, of the European Development Fund (EDF). Mentor in the “Empreender 2020” Program, from the AEP Foundation, and volunteer in the A3S Association. Member of the European Evaluation Society (EES).