Italy's Parliament voted to approve a budget for 2022 - 2026 which includes an increase in the international cooperation budget by €99 million (US$113 million) for 2022, €199 million (US$227 million) for 2023, €249 million (US$ 284million) for 2024, €299 million (US$341 million) for 2025, and €349 million (US$398 million) per year starting from 2026.
NGOs are optimistic about the increased international cooperation budget for the next five years. AOI e CINI announced that the members of 'Campaign 070' will present a bill to Parliament in 2022 to integrate the ambitious goal of reaching a 0.5% official development assistance (ODA) / gross national income (GNI) target in 2027 and a 0.7% ODA/GNI target in 2030.
AOI e CINI noted that the 2022 budget will allow Italian ODA to count towards hosting refugees and asylum seekers in their first 12 months in Italy. The unspent part of these funds intended for the reception of refugees and asylum seekers will be redirected from the Ministry of Interior to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.