Italy pledges €1 million to UNICEF for WASH project in Lebanon

Italy has pledged €1 million to a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project with the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) targeting the most vulnerable children in Lebanon. The new contribution will support the health of children and their families living in informal settlements, and continues Italy's aim to put "people at the centre" of its humanitarian assistance policy.

Website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in Italian) 

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Italy and IFAD sign a new partnership agreement

Italy's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, and the Director General of the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD, Gilbert Houngbo, have signed a new framework partnership agreement with input from the Italian Ministries of Finance, Agriculture and Environment, the Italian development agency, and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, an investment banking group.

Since 2010, Italy has given more than 85 million to IFAD. Italy’s cooperation with the fund mainly concerns: supporting farmers and vulnerable groups; developing production chains, including boosting financial services in rural areas; and food and nutritional security, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in Italian)

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Italy launches two programs in Gambia in partnership with UNICEF

The Italian Ambassador in Dakar, Francesco Paolo Venier, and the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) in Dakar, Alessandra Piermattei, have launched with the Gambian authorities two development projects in association with UNICEF. The first project aims to support national nutrition programs targeting vulnerable groups - children up to age five and women of child-bearing age. The second project is financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation through the 2018 Fund for Africa. The project is designed to help protect minors in transit, and Gambia is a country of origin and transit of irregular migrants from West African countries.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in Italian)


Oxfam Italy and Openpolis denounce cuts to ODA in budget law

Oxfam Italy and Openpolis have published a report analyzing the funds allocated to official development assistance (ODA) in the 2019 budget law voted on by the Italian Parliament in December 2018. Despite prior pledges to increase ODA to 0.33% of gross national income (GNI) in 2019, 0.36% in 2020, and 0.40% in 2021, the levels of spending in the budget law would leave Italy spending 0.26% of GNI on ODA by 2020, returning to levels lower than 2016.

Report - Openpolis (in Italian) 

Article - Repubblica (in Italian) 


Italy signs agreement with UNIDO for new projects in Mozambique, Tunisia

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has signed two new funding agreements totaling €4.5 million (US$5 million) with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for projects in Mozambique and Tunisia. The projects will promote value-chain development in agricultural industries.

The announcement also included €1.3 million (US$1.4 million) for the second phase of a separate project to be implemented in the MENA region. This project, co-funded by the European Union, focuses on artisan and design value chains to create jobs and economic opportunities for vulnerable populations in the country, especially women. 

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation 

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Italian PM Giuseppe Conte visits Chad and Niger

On January 15-16, 2019 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte visited Niger and Chad to hold bilateral meetings with the president of Chad Idriss Déby, Niger’s prime minister Brigi Rafini, and Niger’s president Issoufou Mahamadou. In Niger Conte also met soldiers of the Italian contingent MISIN, the International Organization for Migration (OIM) Transit Centre, and the UNHCR Centre. Conte pledged to continue the work he undertook in past missions to Tunisia, Algeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Libya, with strategic investments and cooperation to stem migration. 

Press release - Italian government (in Italian)


Italy's Francesco La Camera appointed as new IRENA Director-General

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly selected Francesco La Camera to be the next Director-General of IRENA, effective April 4, 2019. La Camera currently serves as the Director General for Sustainable Development, Energy and Climate at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea. La Camera led the EU and Italian negotiation teams at the UN climate conference in Lima and was the head of the Italian delegation to the three previous conferences.

Press release - IRENA

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Italy embraces improving relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea

In an interview, Emanuela del Re, the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, welcomed an agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea to re-open a border crossing and continue advancing trade relations. From 2017-2018 Italy donated over €81 million (US$89 million) for development and humanitarian projects in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea. Del Re spoke about an investment in the future and the possibility to increase Italian support. 

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in Italian)


Italian NGOs denounce ODA cuts in the Italian 2019 budget law

The Italian NGO network Link 2007 denounced that the 2019 Italian budget decreases official development assistance (ODA) for the first time since 2012, despite a September 2018 commitment to reach 0.4% of gross national income (GNI) by 2021 and statements of support from key ministers. According to Link 2007's analysis, Italian ODA would fall from 0.294% in 2017 to 0.289% in 2019 and 0.262% in 2020 and 2021 

Website - Link 2007 (in Italian) 


Italy agrees to wide-ranging €65 million package of development assistance

A Committee chaired by Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Emanuela del Re has agreed to a package of initiatives worth €65 million (US$ 71 million):

  • €8 million (US$8.8 million) to Ethiopia to support creation of jobs for young people and women in agriculture sector  
  • €12 million (US$13.3 million) to Myanmar for socioeconomic restructuring in the capital Yangoon
  • Voluntary contribution to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to support diverse projects in African countries (Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Tunisia), the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Iraq), Asia (Afghanistan and Myanmar), and Latin America (Cuba and Colombia).

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation