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Together for Africa: four foundations, two international cooperation projects
Fondazioni4Africa brings together for the first time the commitment of four of the main Italian foundations of banking origin: Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione Cariparma, Fondazione Cariplo, and Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena. The charitable mission and the logic of subsidiarity, together with the Foundation’s experience in planning, have started a financial and planning partnership in the area of international solidarity, in close collaboration with many Italian non-governmental organizations and African immigrants associations.
The Fondazioni4Africa project involves two interventions, one in North Uganda and the other in Senegal, financed with resources provided by the four Foundations, already joined by Fondazione Umano Progresso, for a total commitment of Euro 11.1 million in the first three years. A few Italian organizations that have always operated in humanitarian projects and international cooperation will be operating directly on the field. In Senegal, these organizations will also collaborate with some Senegalese immigrants associations in Italy.
The intervention in North Uganda aims at sustaining the return of displaced people from IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps to their villages or to other settlements, in order to promote local, sustainable development and peace in the districts of Gule, Amuru, Kitgum, and Pader. The project consists in a multidimensional, strongly integrated action composed of varied intervention areas: rural development, economic activities, water, health services, education, environmental safeguard and sustainability. A cross element, fundamental for reaching the goals of this intervention, is the population’s pacification and reconciliation, with the aim of promoting the reconstruction of a community and social organization, and the reintegration of ex fighters into the community. Moreover, campaigns for the education to global awareness will be carried out.
The Italian organizations involved in the project, that have already been operating in this region for some time are: AMREF, AVSI (Association of Volunteers for International Service), CESVI- Cooperazione e Sviluppo (Cooperation and Development); Coopi- Cooperazione Internazionale (International Cooperation), Fondazione Piero e Lucille Corti, Good Samaritan, in collaboration with the Combonian Missionary Sisters. Furthermore, the consortium CTM-Altromercato is collaborating in promoting the marketing of local products in Italy and Europe.
The project in Senegal intends to improve economic and social conditions for those populations that live in the Country’s rural and pre-urban areas. The peculiar trait of this intervention is the involvement, starting with the first planning phases and in all intervention areas, of a few Senegalese immigrants associations in Italy. This initiative provides for integrated interventions in some key sectors and supply lines for the Country’s development: responsible tourism, fishing, production, processing, and marketing of fruits and dairy products. The Italian associations of Senegalese immigrants will participate, in collaboration with and accompanied by the Italian NGOs involved in the project, to the implementation of the development activities in Senegal. They will benefit, in Italy, from training, assistance and institutional reinforcement that will allow them to actively contribute, in Italy and Senegal, to the development of their country of origin. The interventions carried out within the context of this project are accompanied by intense investigation and research/action on immigration dynamics and the Senegalese diaspora in Italy, and by initiatives for co-development. Finally, global awareness programs will be carried out in Italian and Senegalese schools.
The Italian organizations involved in the project are: ACRA-Associazione di Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e America Latina (Association for Rural Cooperation in Africa and Latin America), AST- Associazione senegalesi a Torino (Senegalese Association in Turin) in collaboration with the association Trait d’Union, CESPI-Centro Studi Politica Internazionale (Center for International Relations Studies), CISV-Comunità Impegno Servizio Volontariato (Community for Voluntary Commitment and Service), Coopi- Cooperazione Internazionale (International Cooperation), COSPE- Cooperazione per lo sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (Cooperation for the development of emerging countries), Associazione Stretta di Mano. The consortium CTM-Altromercato will also participate in this intervention by promoting and marketing Senegalese products in Italy and Europe.
The Conventions (one for each project) that regulate the relations between the Foundations and all partner associations in this initiative were signed in November 2008. The projects were officially started on 1 October 2008 in North Uganda and on 1 November 2008 in Senegal. Two external institutions were selected for monitoring and evaluating the projects: Punto Sud of Milan, for the intervention in North Uganda, and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna for the intervention in Senegal.
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for Project Senegal: marzia.sica@compagnia.torino.it
for Project North Uganda: cristinatoscano@fondazionecariplo.it