Italian Development Cooperation
Grants for projects in agriculture, environment, and natural resources
Principal Office: Italy
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, and particularly its DGCS for Development Cooperation (Direzione General per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo), is responsible for Italy’s development assistance in collaboration with other key Italian institutions. Italian cooperation with developing countries aims to combat poverty, and to strengthen institutions in terms of good governance.
Italy’s priorities in development assistance include agriculture and food security, and environment and natural resources (e.g., biodiversity, climate change, desertification, forests) — among others.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 — Co-Financing of Italian NGOs. Through DGCS, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs makes co-financing grants to Italian NGOs which have formal accreditation.
Link to guidance for Italian NGOs
2 — Scholarships for Nationals of Developing Countries. Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarship funding to international students for university-level studies in Italy.
About scholarships in Italy
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Italy’s partner countries in bilateral and regional development cooperation are identified below, classified in the geographic framework of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam
South Asia: Pakistan
Eurasia and Central Asia: Afghanistan
Eastern Europe and Russia: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo
Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia
Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Latin America and Caribbean: Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru
The DGCS main website is available in Italian. Some of its regional sites are available in additional languages.
DGCS provides contact information for its offices in partner countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs posts contact information of Italy’s diplomatic missions.
The Italian NGO Association (Associazione ONG Italiane) offers news on Italy’s international cooperation, a database of member organizations, and contact information.
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