Total ODA of EU member states increases slightly

EU member state ODA increased slightly to $87 billion in 2018 compared to 2017, according to new data published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Cost for hosting refugees in donor countries decreased by $3.4 billion, including $2 billion from Germany and $700 million from Italy, as the impact of the refugee crisis continued to recede. Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden and the United Kingdom remained the only EU countries to meet or exceed the internationally agreed ODA target of 0.7% of GNI. ODA rose in 17 EU donor countries, with Hungary showing the largest increase. Twelve countries saw a decline in aid spending, with the largest declines in Austria, Finland, Greece, Italy and Portugal. The EU and its Member States provide 57% of the world’s ODA.

News article - Euractive


OECD DAC preliminary data release shows ODA down by 2.7% in 2018

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) has published preliminary data for 2018, showing that official development assistance (ODA) fell by 2.7% in 2018. The data release is the first to use the OECD's  new 'grant equivalent' methodology. Applied for the first time in 2018, the method aims to ‘provide a more realistic comparison of the effort involved in providing grants and loans and encourage the provision of grants and highly concessional loans, especially to low-income countries’.

Net ODA from DAC members reached US$153 billion in 2018. The largest donors in absolute amounts were 1) the US (US34.3 billion), Germany (US$25 billion), 3) the UK (US19.4 billion), 4) Japan (US$14.2 billion), and 5) France (US$12.2 billion). In relative terms, the largest donors were Sweden at 1.04% of its gross national income (GNI), Luxembourg (0.98%), Norway (0.94%), Denmark (0.72%) and the UK(0.7%).

For more detailed information on the performance of bilateral donors, see the OECD DAC's detailed summary here.

OECD DAC – Press release “Development aid drops in 2018, especially to neediest countries”

UNFPA World State Population Report 2019 Presented in Rome

On April 10, 2019in Rome, the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership with the Italian NGO AIDOS (Italian Association of Women for development), and UNESCO's Chair for Population, Migration and Development presented the UNFPA's report on World State Population 2019, titled "Unfinised Business".

Emmanuela Del Re, the Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of International Cooperation, participated in the event, at which she reaffirmed Italy's firm commitment to gender equality and called Italy a "leader" in drafting UN resolutions on issues such as female genital mutilation and forced marriages. "On the multilateral negotiations," added Del Re, "Italy has an important role" to make "a very strong political contribution" to the issues dealt with in the Report, which "offers us a great opportunity to better understand the state" of, among other things, women's empowerment twenty-five years after the Cairo Conference on Population and Development.

Report - UNFPA



New OECD DAC Data shows aid drops in 2018; Italy’s ODA decreases by 21.3%

On April 10, OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) released the Official Development Assistance (ODA) numbers for 2018. Foreign aid from official donors in 2018 fell 2.7% from 2017, with a declining share going to the neediest countries, according to preliminary data collected by the OECD. The drop was largely due to decreases in spending on refugee hosting programs as arrivals slowed and rules regulating allotments for refugee hosting from official aid budgets tightened.

ODA outflows fell in 12 countries, with the largest declines in Austria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Japan, and Portugal.

Italy recorded one of the most dramatic drops in percentage terms: 21.3%. For Italy, a significant part of the decline is due to the decrease in assistance costs for refugees. Even if the refugee costs were not counted, however, spending would still be down by 12.3% compared to 2017. The volume of Italian ODA declined from $5.858 million in 2017 to $4.9 million in 2018, representing 0.23% of the gross national income, a net decrease compared to 0.30% in 2017. The reduction is so drastic that Italy now ought to be considered the black sheep of development assistance among OECD countries. 


Info Cooperazione 

OECD report 


Presentation of the #WEWORLD INDEX 2019 at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On April 9, WeWorld GVC Onlus presented the #WEWORLD INDEX 2019 Report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.  The annual report measures worldwide rates of “inclusion.” Now in its fifth edition, the report focuses on an innovative concept of inclusion, which considers both economic and social factors. Its final ranking is derived from a progress assessment made in each country, which takes into account the living conditions of people who are at the highest risk of exclusion by analyzing 17 areas (housing, environment, work, health, etc.) and 34 indicators, the latter of which are selected from the primary analytical parameters used by international data banks (WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, etc.).       

In his opening speech, Giorgio Marrapodi, Director General of Development Cooperation stressed that “education is the key to foster resilience, promote social cohesion, and strengthen the [social] antibodies that are required to prevent the recurrence of conflicts.” Director Marrapodi emphasized the essential work of Italian civil society organizations, which, thanks to their professionalism and the techniques they have developed over the course of a number of years, have provided Italy with a comparative advantage in this sector. 


Weworld website 


Luca Maestripieri nominated as new director of Italian development agency

The Italian Council of Ministers has nominated Luca Maestripieri as new Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. Maestripieri is currently Deputy Director General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

In the same Directorate-General, since 2012, he held several technical and leadership positions in the Italian diplomacy including: Consul General in Paris (2008), first counselor at the Permanent Representation to the United Nations in New York (2004), head of the Legal Department of the Directorate General for Personnel at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001), and first secretary at the Italian Embassy in Lisbon (1996) and in Ljubljana (1992).

News article - La Repubblica (in Italian) 


Italy approves package of development initiatives worth €111 million

The Italian Joint Committee of Development Cooperation has approved a package of development initiatives worth €111 million, €85 million of which is earmarked for vocational training and education in Jordan. The committee also approved financing for projects in Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, and the Palestinian territories, as well as direct contributions to United Nations' agency programs. 

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


Italian minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation visits global health organizations in Geneva

Italy's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Claudia Emanuela Del Re visited major global health and human rights institutions in Geneva, meeting with Seth Berkley, the CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Chief of Staff of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Marijke Wijnroks. Del Re reaffirmed Italy's support to the two organizations in light of their upcoming (2020 and 2019, respectively) replenishment periods

Del Re also visited the headquarters of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, where he met with Francesco Rocca, head of both organizations, as well as representatives of the World Health Organization, United Nations (UN)-Water and other UN agencies to discuss an Italian initiative to create an International Day against child diarrhea, as well as Italian cooperation projects on water sanitation. Finally, Del Re met with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

Press release - Italian Embassy in Geneva 

Italy Global health

Italy to fund project rebuilding homes to support Palestinian refugees in Jordan

The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) has announced a US$2 million project to improve living conditions of Palestinian refugees living in the Hitteen Camp in Jordan. The project, a renovation of 100 housing units, will run in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Jordanian Department of Palestinian Affairs (DPA). The renovations are expected to improve the lives of 500 Palestinian refugees.

Press release - AICS


Italian NGOs budgets have grown by 10% in recent years

Website 'Open Cooperazione' has published budget data on Italian non-governmental organization (NGOs) for 2016 and 2017. The platform collects and publishes transparency and accountability data of over 200 of the largest Italian NGOs involved in development cooperation.

The budgets of the 10 largest Italian NGOs grew by 12%, from almost 500 million in 2016 to 560 million in 2017. Certain NGOs like Coopi, Cesvi, Intersos, and Cisp had budgets that increased between 30% and 40%. The budgets of Save the Children and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also rose, although more moderately, despite their direct involvement in search and rescue activities in the Mediterranean. ActionAid, Unicef, ​​and Emergency saw their budgets shrink between 1% and 5%.

Website - Open Cooperazione