Areas of intervention
Italian Development Cooperation has given special priority to the Sahel region and East Africa. The centre of programming, monitoring and coordination for the Sahel region is the Local Technical Unit (UTL) in Dakar; in East Africa there are no less than three UTLs (Nairobi, Khartoum and Addis Ababa), reflecting, among other things, Italy’s long-standing tradition of collaboration with a number of countries in the region.
Eastern Europe and the Balkans
While the process of disengagement of Italian Development Cooperation from the Balkan peninsula is ongoing, Albania continues to be a priority country in terms of the numerous and substantial initiatives fundid through soft loans and through the debt-conversion instrument still underway in the sectors of infrastructure, environment and energy, agriculture and support for small and medium-sized enterprises.
North Africa and the Middle East
Due to our geographical, historical and cultural closeness to the Mediterranean Sub-region and Middle East, as well as our strong economic ties and interests, the area as a whole is one of the main focuses of Italy’s foreign policy. Italian Development Cooperation places particular importance on interventions aimed at fostering the process of democratic transition and economic growth, with a special focus on the promotion of enterprises, and actions supporting the weakest sections of the population.
Asia and the Pacific
Italy's development cooperation policy in Asia and the Pacific further underscores the goals of promoting poverty reduction and institutional stabilization in the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, and of fostering good governance and the alleviation of poverty in South-East Asia.
Latin America and the Caribbean
As well as guaranteeing that the commitments made will be honoured, Italy’s development cooperation policy in Latin America aims at promoting good governance and the protection of rights, particularly the right to health, through improved access to healthcare facilities and environmental protection, and the right to food security. In Central America the focus will be on strengthening the rule of law, with specific attention to children as a particularly vulnerable group.