History of the CHD :
Back in 1983, the first “Forum d’Agen”, initiated by La Guilde, gathered for the first time ever a new generation of NGOs, both humanitarian and development-oriented, from a wide spectrum, but all featuring a common pragmatic and non-ideological approach to International Solidarity.
1983, that new organization included: : - AICF (actuelle Action Contre la Faim, ACF) - Handicap International (HI) - Médecins Du Monde (MDM) - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - Centre International de Développement et de Recherche (CIDR) - La Guilde Européenne du Raid (GER) - Raoul Follereau - Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) - Bioforce - Aide Médicale Internationale (AMI) - Aide et Action - Etc.
This first Forum d’Agen aimed at bringing together field actors in order to compare their experiences and achieve synergies. :
Sœur Emmanuelle (ASMAE), Paul Emile Victor (La Guilde Honory Patron), Bernard Kouchner (MDM), Jean-Baptiste Richardier (HI), Pierre Fyot (MDM), etc. were among the first attendants.
At the end of that very first Forum, Patrick EDEL, then both La Guilde Chief Executive and Forum d’Agen Founder, informally united the main attending NGOs in order to build up a sustainable organization called Coordination d’Agen, whose motto was “For any emergency and voluntary cooperation missions”...
In 1988, this initially informal coordination was structured like an organization (in accordance with the French law of 1901 in the Paris-based La Guilde Headquarters). Its first Chairman was André Récipon, Raoul Follereau Chairman, a great advocate for tax deductions essential to French NGOs.