View Italy’s priority areas for development cooperation in education along with its contributions to the GPE Fund.

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Aid to education

In Italy, the General Directorate for Development Cooperation (DGCS), based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), is in charge of planning the development cooperation strategy.

In 2016, a new Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) focused on implementation was created. The law establishing AICS defines development cooperation as an integral and qualifying part of the Italian foreign policy.

In 2017, the top recipients of basic education ODA disbursement were: Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Jordan and Senegal.

Luca Mastripieri, Deputy Director General for Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo credit: GPE/Boubou Sow
Italy is strongly convinced that education is a real sustainable development multiplier for every society and every sector. Italy is more than ever committed to do its part, GPE is a qualitatively important part of our strategy and investment.
Luca Mastripieri
Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
February 2018

Italy and GPE

Italy sits on the Strategy and Impact Committee.

According to the 2013-2015 Guidelines for Italian Cooperation in the area of education, Italy will consider supporting the efforts of GPE and enhance synergies between multilateral and bilateral programs in priority countries with particular relevance to GPE strategic objectives.

Under the leadership of the Italian G7 Presidency in 2017, the Accountability Working Group of the G7 launched the G7 Taormina Progress Report: Investing in Education for Mutual Prosperity, Peace and Development. In this report, the G7 reflected on the historic role it has played in education since it launched the Global Partnership for Education and called on the G7 members to give greater support to GPE.

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Last updated August 06, 2021