ITALY - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (FARNESINA) - Italian Development Cooperation

Geographical focus: 
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Education in Tourism
Gender in Tourism
Social inclusion and Poverty reduction in Tourism
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
The Foreign Ministry is responsible for the State’s functions, tasks and duties in matters concerning Italy’s political, economic, social and cultural relations with other countries. The main sectors where the Italian Development Cooperation works: • International relations, especially establishing closer relations with the emerging economies, enhancing Italy’s contribution to international security and contributing to the country’s energy security; • Representing the Italian position in the European integration process, in implementing the European Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and in the European Union’s external political and economic relations; • Support for enterprise, economic-commercial questions, promoting the “Made in Italy” brand and supporting Italian businesses abroad; • Promoting the Italian language and culture abroad, through Italian schools, scholarships and grants for foreign citizens, language courses organised by the Italian Cultural Institutes, and archaeological missions; • Support and services for Italians abroad through the consular register office, assistance and protection for residents and tourists, intervention in emergencies, consular services, help for Italian prisoners abroad and assistance in cases involving international child abduction; • Entry visas to Italy; • Development Cooperation with the double objective of ensuring that human rights are protected and fostering the economic growth of all peoples; • Communication and information for the institutions, the media and citizens: information is provided by the political leadership, the Press and Institutional Communication Service and the Office for Relations with the Public.

Official website


Who can apply?

call for proposals for NGOs, call for tenders

Objectives and activities

The Italian Development Cooperation aims to guarantee respect for human dignity and ensure the growth of all peoples. To ensure the protection of life and human dignity to all the planet’s inhabitants; and second, a vision of cooperation as a method by which to install, improve and strengthen relations among various countries and various communities.

Type and level of funding

Aid credit (?), Grants, concessional loans (financing through venture capital)