Italian Cooperation: Development Cooperation comes from the need to grant the respect of human dignity and the economical grow for everybody in our planet, and ensuring global interdependency through the widening of markets.

In Italian recent history, development cooperation begins, since the Fifties, with a number of actions in the field of technical and economic assistance, realized in some ancient colonial countries, or administrated – as for Somalia – under the UN mandate. These activities were, in a first phase, regulated by 1979 law n°38; getting, some years later, to the more organic law n°49 of 1987.

As an essential part of our foreign affairs, Italian cooperation with developing countries contributes to UN efforts to combat poverty all over the world; and to help developing countries to strengthen their institutions in terms of ‘good governance’, in respect of human rights and democratic participation to economic development – with no discriminations within social and gender actors.