The political, environmental and social turmoil in Africa were the main focus of Minister Frattini’s speech at the latest Italian Cooperation Steering Committee meeting, during which additional aid was approved. The DGCS will earmark €530,000 for the training of Libyan port authority and coast guard staff and make a voluntary contribution to the ILO for the social reintegration of the former female inmates of Ethiopian prisons. Two additional voluntary contributions will go to seriously drought-stricken Somalia: the first to the UNFAO for a one million-euro project in Puntland, and the second to UNOPS for €600,000 in aid to south-central regional hospitals.
Approximately €1.3 million in funding was approved for an agricultural and water management project in the Middle East, along with €1.5 million for a children’s rights and family empowerment programme in the governorship of El Fayoum, Egypt.
Voluntary contributions of €6 million to the World Bank and another €5 million to UNOPS for their projects in Afghanistan were approved; and projects for the training of Afghan diplomats, masterplan experts and urban planners in collaboration with the University of Florence received approximately €1 million in funding.
Finally, in the context of Latin America and the Caribbean, a 1.3 million-euro project was approved for Cuba for the restoration of several historic buildings in Havana’s old city in collaboration with the IILA, in addition to a 12 million-euro loan for social housing in San Salvador.