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Italy Donor Profile

Last updated: March 2017.

KEY QUESTIONS

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How will Italian ODA develop?

  • Italy’s ODA is likely to further increase in the coming years, driven by the government’s will to strengthen Italy’s role internationally. Government has committed to reaching a 0.3% ODA/GNI share by 2020. The budget of Italy’s new development agency, AICS, is set to increase from €292 million in 2016 to €532 million in 2018.
  • Costs for hosting refugees in Italy are likely to remain at a high level given the ongoing high numbers of refugees arriving in Italy from Northern Africa. As Italy reports part of these costs as ODA, this will likely continue to considerably ‘inflate’ Italy’s ODA in the coming years.

What will Italy’s ODA focus on?

  • Migration will remain a top focus as long as the numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Italy remain at a high level. Addressing issues that drive migration from Africa to Europe will be at the core of Italy’s G7 presidency agenda in 2017. As part of tackling the root causes of migration, Italy will likely launch new initiatives aimed at improving food security and nutrition, health, and women’s empowerment.
  • Italy plans to strengthen its engagement around innovative development financing through its new development bank. This will also include the use of blending mechanisms to increase the involvement of and investments by the for-profit private sector in development.

What are key opportunities for shaping Italy’s development policy?

  • Italy’s G7 presidency in 2017 is a key opportunity for advocates to call for global development to be high on the G7 agenda, particularly as Italy is expected to place a focus on tackling the root causes of migration. Development-related priorities of its G7 presidency are likely to include food security and nutrition, health, and women’s empowerment, featured in high-level meetings throughout 2017.
  • Italy’s elections are expected to take place sometime by May 2018, which may reshuffle leadership positions and development-related priorities. It will offer a key opportunity to advocate for global development to remain high on the political agenda.

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  • Italy launches report on 'sustainable migration'

    The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, in partnership with the Italian Center for International Development, has released a report examining both the drivers of migration and policy options to address its root causes. The report, “Towards sustainable migration: Interventions in countries of origin”, presents an array of policies that can be implemented in countries of migration origin to help turn the challenge of migration into an opportunity for origin and destination countries alike. According to the report, taken together, the policies aim at bringing about the desired migration scenario, i.e., controlled migration flows, reduced incentives for irregular migration, and a two-way flow of migration benefits.

    Press release - Ministry of Strategy and Finance

  • Italy reaffirms gender equality as a priority of its G7 Presidency

    On International Women's Day, the Italian Sherpa to the G7 Summit, Raffaele Trombetta, confirmed that gender equality will be a top priority for Italy’s 2017 G7 Presidency. He stated that Italy intends to integrate gender mainstreaming across its entire agenda, and to focus on women's economic empowerment and independence, and a gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. According to Trombetta, "as human capital remains the most important determinant of a country’s competitiveness or an organization’s performance, the healthy development and appropriate use of half of the world’s available talent pool is decisive in determining whether and how societies thrive”.

    Italian G7 Presidency – News

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