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Policy guidelines


The policy guidelines of Italian Cooperation  concern specific sectors of intervention:  every guideline looks at a well-defined issue, and takes into account similar recommendations agreed at the international level.

Global Health Guidelines

On October, 7th 2014 the updates to the Guidelines for Italian Cooperation in the health field were presented at the Executive Committee.  The new document, resulted from a of a wide consultation of the Italian Cooperation system, follows the still valid structure of 2009 guidelines, adding some efficiency markers to be used by the different stakeholders , starting from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Operatives Guidelines for East Africa, Sahel, North Africa and the Middle East

The 2014-2016 Italian Development Cooperation guidelines provides for a regional approach to the three macro-areas (North Africa-Middle East, East Africa and Sahel) deemed a priority for Italy because of their historical and political ties with our country and because of the depth of the bilateral relations and the relevance of their humanitarian challenges.

Guidelines for Cultural Assets

The official adoption of the Guidelines concerning Cultural Assets and Development (January 2013) demonstrate the desire to follow a multi-year program considered an example of excellence and to put it in an organic framework.

Agricultural Guidelines

These guidelines provide precise action strategies in the areas of agriculture, rural development and food security. 

Environmental Guidelines

In the framework of the efficiency plan, the official adoption and application of these guidelines, in September 2011, shows the Italian Cooperation firm commitment to follow up on a multi-year project rolled out by the Dgcs in order to organize this matter in an organic procedural scheme. 

Guidelines for Fight against Poverty

Italian Cooperation considers poverty reduction in developing  countries as one of its top priorities. It aims therefore to reduce individual poverty levels in developing countries and minimize the disparity between wealthy and poor countries. These guidelines were approved in the Executive Committee meeting of 16th March 2011.

Guidelines for Democratic Ownership

The principles regarding Democratic Ownership were approved by the Executive Committee of 8th November 2010. They aim to transform the traditional cooperation  model into  a collaboration between the donor and the partner, with the involvement of all players, from institutions to civil society.

Communication Guidelines

The communication guidelines were approved in the Executive Committee meeting of 8th November 2010. They concern overall communication methods related to cooperation as well as information and documentation about its projects and programs.

Operative guidelines for multilateral Cooperation

The document defines the operative guidelines for multilateral cooperation of the General Directorate for Development Cooperation, consistent with the three-year guidelines. Its purpose is to guide collaboration between Italian Cooperation and International Organizations operating in the development cooperation sector.

Guidelines for Gender Equality and Empowerment

These guidelines, updated in 2010, emphasize the essential and equal role of women in sustainable development, and promote a gender perspective in public development aid.

Evaluation Guidelines

The principles guiding evaluation were approved by the Executive Committee on 17 June 2010.  They concern evaluation both during and upon completion of programs.

Decentralized Cooperation Guidelines

These guidelines replace a similar document of 2000. They define the principles, the players, the sectors and the tools relevant to programs realized by the General Directorate for Development Cooperation in collaboration with Italian regional and local authorities.

Guidelines on Disability

This document approved by the Executive Committee with the decision 163 of 8th November 2010, introduces the theme of disabilities in the politics and activities of Italian Cooperation with particular attention given to infant disability and inclusion.

Guidelines for Minors

This document was approved by the Executive Committee with decision 163 on 12th December 2011. It updates the guidelines on Children and Adolescent matters of 2004.

Guidelines on Humanitarian Aid

During the Executive Committee of 8th June 2012, the guidelines for humanitarian aid provided in the “Program Plan for Aid Effectiveness” were approved.