Cesvi understands International Cooperation as the tool for implementing human solidarity and social justice in a solid and sustainable manner.
Opening health centres in rural areas, health programmes for the prevention of AIDS and Malaria, support for needy children, sinking wells or building schools or flood defences, interventions of environmental protection, agricultural training, setting up of cooperatives: these are actions that, though very different from each other, fall under the definition of “international cooperation for development”, a variegated set of projects and exchanges which bring countries, populations and people together in a common task of solidarity to the end of combatting poverty and inequality.
Every day Cesvi operates with the conviction that helping those populations which are more vulnerable, because of underdevelopment, or more unfortunate, because of wars, natural calamities and environmental disasters, not only gives immediate relief to those who suffer but over time contributes to everyone’s wellbeing because the Earth is our “shared home” to be preserved for future generations.
When planning and implementing operations, Cesvi counts on local resources and on dialogue, involvement and collective mobilization of the people to be helped, because communal participation is an indispensable factor to guaranteeing efficacy and sustainability of the actions undertaken.
The ideal goal to aim for is the passage from emergency to development: the ability to transform humanitarian relief into an opportunity to build medium and long term projects that promote the strengthening and self-development of the receiving communities.
Cooperation for development is also understood as the chance to create, augment and consolidate global economic interdependence and this, through the broadening of markets and a more fluid circulation of productive factors, can ensure economic growth for all peoples.
The economic politics scene in recent years has put in question the traditional concept of international cooperation: if on one hand new players have entered the field on the other the paradigm has been lost by which there are countries “left behind” – which need development, means and knowledge – and rich developed countries. Planetary interdependence shows that all phenomena, including wealth and poverty, are closely related.
In this new context Cesvi has recognised the possibility of operating in Italy, singling out the most needy areas in which to make the expertise, acquired in over 30 years of work worldwide, available.
Since 2011 our organisation has been adding interventions in Italy to the cooperation projects abroad, aiming in particular to foster the integration of the migrant communities resident in our country. The first social intervention of Cesvi in Italy fits into this picture, offering significant support to three companies and social cooperatives of the province of Modena, badly hurt by the earthquake of May 2012.
Cesvi also promotes information and awareness campaigns in Italy and Europe in order to encourage a culture of worldwide solidarity, particularly among the younger generations.