ITALIAN INSTITUTIONAL BODIES
Development cooperation, an integral part of our country’s foreign policy, is based on two fundamental principles.
The first is the need for solidarity to guarantee the protection of life and human dignity to all the inhabitants of the planet.
The second sees in cooperation the method to establish, improve and consolidate relations between different countries and different communities.
This exchange between peers, in addition to increasing the mutual knowledge necessary to understand the real needs of the local communities targeted by the interventions, fosters relations aimed at economic growth, but above all social and human growth, respectful of the environment and different cultures and that knows how to protect the common good – water, food and energy – so as to ensure greater well-being and pursue peace among peoples.
Italian development cooperation policy also aims to pursue these objectives, together with economic, cultural and security diplomacy, and thus consolidate the role and image of our country in the world.
The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation acts as an operational platform of the Italian cooperation system, strengthening it and making it a protagonist in the fight against poverty, the promotion of peace, the defense of rights and the construction of sustainable development.
The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation is one of the main novelties of the cooperation reform law (Law no. 125/2014), which became operative in January 2016, with the intention of aligning Italy with the main European and international players in the commitment to development.
The Agency is a model shared by all the main European countries and must respond to the need for a more professional and innovative cooperation, with the necessary degree of flexibility of instruments in a scenario that is constantly changing. The Agency has its headquarters in Rome, an office in Florence and 18 offices abroad for monitoring, implementation and analysis on the ground of the development needs of partner countries.
The Agency’s task is to carry out technical-operational activities related to the phases of investigation, formulation, financing, management and control of international cooperation initiatives.
The OSC (Organizations of Civil Society) area collects documents and materials useful to civil organizations and other non-profit entities wishing to carry out international cooperation initiatives with the support of the Agency, which also presents a list of accredited NGOs and job offers around the world.