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Political cooperation

 

Political cooperation

ITALIAN COOPERATION IN SUDAN
Italian support to Sudan during the period 2011-2014 reached about 27.500.000 euros, including the fundings for more than 30 different projects. Italy is one of the main contributors to the budget of the European Union, as well as of the United Nations system and of the many Organizations and International Agencies operating in Sudan.
European Union programs.
The great results achieved thanks to our bilateral programs in the Eastern Sudan starting from 2007, especially in the sanitary system, contributed to be one of the main reasons which brought the EU to elect Italy as the “executive partner” for the 2014-2016 program. The program, which cost 13.1 million euros, aims to improve the sanitary system in the Eastern Sudan.
The Italian Government planned to follow the EU fundings with other projects as well as with different initiatives in Eastern Sudan for the whole period 2014-2016. It is estimated that the total amount of Italian initiatives will be of more than 20 million euros (projects rated for 6 million euros have already been approved).
Italian support to United Nations Agencies.
In order to improve the coordination as well as to ensure an effective use either of our fundings or of the ones of the EU, the Italian Cooperation has been working a lot mainly in the States of Gedaref, Kassala and in the Red Sea, in the North of Sudan. The same attitude has been adopted in most of the Italian multilateral initiatives towards the United Nations Agencies, i.e. IOM, WFP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, UNIDO, FAO.
Italy supports projects both in the development and in the humanitarian area, giving a special attention to healthcare and education. Italy gives high priority to enhance women’s education and school attendance (thanks to the WFP pilot project named “food for education”). Furthermore, Italy is committed to other initiatives willing to improve the economic cooperation as well as Sudanese technology and capacities.
Italian support to Italian NGOs.
Italian NGOs have been very active in Sudan. For the time being, there are two NGOs which have been working in Sudan receiving both public and private Italian fundings. The first one, working for the healthcare system, is EMERGENCY and it has been managing three different buildings (The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery and two pediatric clinics, one in Port Sudan and one in Mayo). The second NGO is named OVCI which, in collaboration with the Ahfad University for Women and Usratuna, has been supporting three different centers for disabled children (a Rehabilitation Centre, a Professional Training Center and a Polyvalent Center), all of them being in the suburbs of Khartoum. As far as other NGOs are concerned – COOPI, COSV and INTERSOS – they have been working mainly in Darfour, launching different projects in order to improve food safety, water access and primary education.


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