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Italian NGOs criticize under-funding of international cooperation in 2020-2022 budget

The three major networks of Italian NGOs (AOI, CINI and Link 2007) have denounced the lack of ambitious financial commitment in the 2020-2022 budget bill voted upon by the Italian parliament at the end of December 2019.

Between 2017 and 2018 Italian official development assistance (ODA) decreased from 0.30% in 2017 to 0.23% in 2018; there is no sign of an increase planned for 2020-2022.

AOI, CINI, and Link2007 have asked the government and the parliament for serious commitments to relaunch Italy's action on international development.

News article - Info Cooperazione (in Italian)

Italy

European NGO group Concord publishes 2019 Aidwatch Report, denounces second consecutive year of EU assistance spending decreases

Concord, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, has published its 2019 Aidwatch Report. The report analyzed the EU and its member states' development assistance policies and funds.

Although EU still represents the single biggest development donor, with a total investment of €71.9 billion (US$79 billion) in international development assistance in 2018, the EU contribution to the fight against poverty in the world decreased by 5.8% from 2017 to 2018. Italy’s development funding mirrors this negative trend; Italian ODA decreased from 0.30% in 2017 to 0.23% in 2018.

Aidwatch report 2019 – Concord

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OECD-DAC publishes peer review of Italian development cooperation

The Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-DAC) published Italy’s Peer Review. This is the first peer review after the comprehensive reform of the Italian cooperation system in 2014.

The report praises Italy as an active champion of the multilateral system, for its multi-stakeholder approach and its ability to undertake leadership in areas such as cultural heritage and agriculture projects. However, the latest DAC Peer Review notes that Italy could do more to consolidate its policy priorities, increase ODA, and ensure adequate staff capacity to deliver a growing and increasingly complex program.

Italy’s Peer Review report - OECD website 

Italy

Italian Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs attends ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit

Italian vice minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, attended the International Conference on Population and Development 'ICPD +25' Nairobi Summit held from 12-24 November, 2019. At the summit, Del Re reaffirmed the Italian commitment to fighting against gender violence and harmful practices. In addition, she reconfirmed the collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund 'UNFPA' and announced additional funds to support projects aimed at improving women’s sexual and reproductive rights.

Press release – Ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation (in Italian)

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Italy pledges US$3 million towards humanitarian efforts in Venezuela

Vice-minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, pledged US$3 million at the International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis.  In the past two years, Italy donated US$3 million towards relief efforts in Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis.

The pledging conference was organized by the European Commission, together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Press release – Ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation

Italy

Italian analysis highlights negative representation of Africans in media

Health organization Amref Health Africa-Italia, in partnership with the Osservatorio di Pavia, a research institute that performs mass-communication analysis, published the report 'L'Africa Mediata' on African representation in Italian media.

The report found that Italian media narratives surrounding the African continent focused overwhelmingly on negative imagery of poverty, migration, and war. African actors in Italian movies and series tend to be cast in supporting roles, and as uncultured characters with exaggerated stereotypical traits.

Report download - Amref Health Africa (in Italian)

Italy

G20 health ministers adopt Okayama declaration on global health

The G20 Health Ministers officially adopted the Okayama Declaration on global health at a meeting in Okayama City on October 19- 20, 2019. 

The declaration is focused on achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, coordinated responses to global population aging, and the management of health risks including antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The meeting included heated discussion on how to extend healthy life expectancy, including early preventative measures. In addition, partner countries committed to work together to support the use of digital technology, and establish measures against AMR. 

News Release – Jiji Press (in Japanese)

Press release - Okayama Declaration of the G20 Health Ministers

Italy and the European Commission organize first humanitarian meeting on Libya

On October 20- 21, 2019, the Italian ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation co-organized with the European Commission's directorate-general for humanitarian aid and civil protection (ECHO) the first humanitarian meeting on Libya. The technical meeting will focus on the coordination of humanitarian assistance in the country.

Vice-minister of foreign affairs Emanuela del Re, in her opening speech, denounced the recent attack on civil infrastructures and called for respect for international humanitarian law to protect displaced civilians in the country. Del Re also decried the living condition of migrants in the detention centers in Libya, saying that the first priority for Italy is to replace the detention centers with facilities that respect the basic principles of law and judicial proceedings. 

Press release – Ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation

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Global Fund releases table showing total pledges by country

At its sixth replenishment conference in Lyon, France, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised a record-breaking US$14 billion in commitments from public and private donors, the largest amount of funding ever raised for a multilateral health organization. The Global Fund has since released a table showing the amounts pledged by each attendant.

Pledges at Global Fund Sixth Replenishment Conference - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Action Aid Italy denounces lack of transparency on development financing in government economic update

On October 1, 2019, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Minister of Economy Roberto Gualtieri presented the government's budget plans for 2020 as outlined in the updated economic and financial document (DEF). The 'update to the DEF' document is presented at the end of September or in early October of each year. It updates the public finance and economic forecasts contained in the DEF that will be presented to the parliament by October 20 and voted on by December 31, 2019.

Action Aid Italy criticized the update for failing to include estimates of the share of gross national income (GNI) dedicated to official development assistance (ODA). For Action Aid, this is a signal of the government's lack of commitment in the fight against poverty and inequalities in the world.

Press release – Ministry of Economy (in Italian)

Press release – Action Aid Italy (in Italian)

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