Italian Agency of Cooperation's General Director resigns

The former director of the Italian Agency of Cooperation (AICS) has announced her resignation, effective March 5, 2018. Frigenti leaves the position after having been the director since the organization's inception. At this stage there is no substitute for her position. Leonardo Carmenati, who has previously worked for both the Italian and international Red Cross for a number of years in technical and leadership positions, has been nominated vice-president of the Agency.

News article - Onu Italia (in Italian) 


Doctors Without Borders Italy publishes two new reports on conditions of migrants and refugees in Italy

Doctors Without borders Italy has published the report “Fuori Campo-Out of sight”, about the living conditions of migrants and refugees in Italy.

The first edition was published two years ago. The document is based on Doctors Without Borders (MSF) monitoring of several informal settlements, such as slums, squats and occupied buildings in Italy during 2016 and 2017. MSF attests to approximately 10,000 migrants and refugees living in inhumane conditions, due to inadequate welcoming policies. The report finds that refugees and migrants are living in informal settlement and have limited access to basic services. MSF has asked all the Italian local and national authorities to ensure that all migrants and refugees have access to the medical care, shelter, food, and clean water for the entire period they stay in Italy, regardless their legal status.

MSF Italy also carried out a second study titled “Harmful borders” on the situation in Ventimiglia, an Italian town on the border of France. Of the 287 migrants interviewed by MSF, almost one in four said they experienced episodes of violence at the border.

Report – Doctors Without Borders (in Italian) 

Report – Doctors Without Borders

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Italy to chair Organisation for Security and Co-operation in 2018

Italy is the 2018 chair of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The role involves coordinating decision-making among members and setting priorities for the OSCE’s activities in the field of security and cooperation in Europe. The Italian Chairmanship aims at promoting a stronger focus within the OSCE on challenges and opportunities coming from the Mediterranean region. The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, has indicated Italy's intention of addressing migration, with the goal of fighting intolerance and promoting inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue, which he considers are the foundations of peace and security.


Italy launches first call for proposal for Italian Global Fund 5% initiative

Italy has launched the ‘5% initiative’, whereby it uses 5% of its contribution to the Global Fund for the period 2017 to 2019 for the direct financing of ‘synergistic initiatives’ proposed and implemented by civil society organizations, universities, and public research organizations. The aim is to meet the need for technical expertise in countries in order to assist in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of Global Fund grants. The Italian commitment to the Global Fund for the three-year period 2017 to 2019 amounts to 140 million; 5% of the contribution is 7 million.

Website – Italian agency of cooperation


Italian PM claims that "EU's future is at stake in Africa"

From November 24-29, 2017, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni visited four African countries: Tunisia, Angola, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, where he attended the fifth EU-Africa summit. In a joint press conference with Angolan President Joao Lorenco, Gentiloni said that "Italy clearly sees that the EU's future is at stake in Africa", and voiced his interest in expanding trade with the continent, currently worth 34 billion a year. He also spoke on the need to increase private investment in African businesses. 

Press release - Government of Italy (in Italian)


Italy pledges €4.5 million to fight polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Italian government has announced a contribution of €4.5 million to eradicate polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledging to match the contribution for a total of €9 million. The funding will be used to train and support vaccinators and social mobilizers in Afghanistan, who are instrumental in generating demand for vaccination, and to ensure the delivery of vaccines. In Pakistan, the funding will be used to support vaccination campaigns in some of the most challenging areas of the country. 

Website - GPEI

Milan high-level nutrition summit brings pledges to $3.4 billion in next decade

The Milan-hosted Global Nutrition Summit 2017 raised $640 million in new commitments to tackle global malnutrition, bringing pledges over the next decade to $3.4 billion. The meeting convened national government representatives, NGOs, and foundations. The funds will go toward a range of programs that support the United Nations’ goals of zero hunger and malnutrition by 2030 and World Health Organization targets has set for 2025, including reducing stunting in children under the age of 5 by 40% and reducing anemia in women of childbearing age by 50%.

The 2017 Global Nutrition Report was also launched at the Summit. The report takes stock of countries’ progress towards nutrition-related SDGs, World Health Assembly Maternal Infant and Young Child targets, and diet-related non-communicable diseases targets. It also tracks delivery of donor and partner country commitments.

Press release – WHO

Publication – Global Nutrition Report

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G7 accountability group publishes progress report on investing in education

Under Italian leadership, the Accountability Working Group (AWG) of the G7 has published a report entitled ‘Investing in Education for Mutual Prosperity, Peace and Development’, which examines progress made on commitments from heads of state at the Taormina summit meeting in May 2017. 

The report identifies high-quality education as a key and cross-cutting area of G7 action, which G7 members should "champion now" in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030. It refers to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the new 'Education Cannot Wait' fund for education in emergencies as critical mechanisms to ensure that adequate resources are available to meet the educational needs of 1.5 million children affected by crises over the next two years.

Website - G7

Publication - G7 

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OECD DAC holds meetings in Paris to discuss ODA

The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) held key meetings this week at its headquarters in Paris, hosting delegations from the 30 richest donor countries to discuss the rules surrounding ODA. A number of controversial issues were debated, including 1) the amount of ODA that donors can spend on in-country refugee costs, 2) the cap on the amount of ODA that can be directed towards multilateral peacekeeping efforts in conflict-affected countries, and 3) how to measure ODA spent through blended finance mechanisms.

The UK in particular has been critical of existing ODA regulations, having previously suggested that it may pull out of OECD-DAC if rules surrounding spending on military and security costs remained unchanged.

News article - Devex

Italy approves €18 million for development initiatives in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America

Italy’s Joint Committee for Development Cooperation has approved an 18-million package of programs and initiatives in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Initiatives include:

  • 3 million to Somalia and Djibouti to increase maternal and child healthcare services and to strengthen the health system;
  • €1 million to Ethiopia to improve the civil registration system;
  • €800,000 to develop community awareness on the risk of illegal migration in West Africa;
  • €4 million to support Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with education, healthcare services, and nutritious food;
  • Interventions to support displaced persons in Iraqi Kurdistan and to assure access to healthcare and vocational training in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; 
  • Programs to promote inclusive education in El Salvador.

The Joint Development Cooperation Committee decides on funding for all development projects over €2 million. The Committee is chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFA) and composed of the heads of MoFA’s Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS) and AICS (Italian Agency for cooperation).

Press release - MoFA