Africa: recommendations for the EU External Investments Plan

Rome – NGOs, enterprises, credit institutes, mass media players and those who care about Africa, have recently met in Rome for a workshop promoted by Link 2007. The agenda was dominated by discussions over the opportunities of an investments plan and those elements useful for the definition and implementation of a coordinated Italian strategy and precise communication scheme. The attendees come up with the following proposals for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council. continue reading »

Bernardo Bini Smaghi (CDP): the Italian Development Cooperation secures funding

Rome – For the first time since the convention between the Cassa depositi e prestiti (the Italian Development Cooperation – the CDPp), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation (MAECI) and the Agenzia per la cooperazione allo sviluppo (Italian Development Aid Agency – AICS) was signed in July, Bernardo Bini Smaghi, Head of Business Development at the CDP, has decided to share his views. In this exclusive interview with, he discusses his ambitions for the prestigious Italian public-sector financial institution and the historic step which is set to bring the CDP into the world of Italian development aid and international cooperation.

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VITA and Agribusiness TV to promote young agricultural entrepreneurs in Africa

Brussels, Ouagadougou – The Italian editorial group VITA (Afronline’s publisher), and Agribusiness TV announce the signature of a partnership to promote the talent of young agricultural entrepreneurs in Africa. This agreement has been signed in the framework of an editorial project of VITA, co-financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), which links about 30 private African media with VITA and Afronline on themes related to peace and security, inter-religious migrations and dialogue.

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African leaders in Rome for first ever Italy-Africa Conference

The leadership of Africa will be in Rome for the first time ever this week for the First Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference. Goal of the event, organized on May 18th by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), is to broaden and deepen the possible areas of cooperation with the Continent, thus reaffirming Italy’s renewed attention and engagement towards Africa, and to identify ways to support the African continent in achieving the 2030 Agenda.

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Interview with Laura Frigenti, Director of the new Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

Brussels – A generation. That’s how long Laura Frigenti had waited for the Italian Development Cooperation Agency to be launched. In 1987, Italy passed a law on international cooperation that remained in force for 27 years. An eternity, during which time Frigenti left Italy and had a highly successful international career spent mostly at the World Bank. January 1st, 2016 marks her return to her birthplace where she has been appointed to lead the new Italian Development Cooperation Agency, officially established by the Italian parliament with the approval of a new bill on development cooperation in August 2014 (law125/2014).

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Afronline: A new editorial project with African independent media

Brussels –, launches a new editorial initiative together with 25 African independent media all over the continent. The goal is to raise public awareness through reports, analysis, opinions, radio and television programmes on peace and security, inter-religious dialogue and migration in Africa. The project is supported by the Directorate General for Globalization and Global Issues (DGMO) of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).

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