A Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Farnesina today between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and the Rome-based International Development Law Organization (IDLO). The MoU was signed by the Director General of Development Cooperation, Giorgio Marrapodi, and the Director General of IDLO, Irene Khan, and will regulate the personnel selection and assignment procedures under the Italian programme “Associate Experts and Junior Officers in International Organizations” ("JPO Programme "), periodically financed by the Italian Cooperation service.
Similar agreements are also in force with most of the United Nations specialised Agencies, Funds and Programs, with the UN Secretariat and international financial institutions, including the World Bank, the OECD and other International Organizations.
The JPO Programme has the two-fold aim of supporting the multilateral development system with Italian human capital and offering young Italian university graduates the opportunity to acquire a particularly significant experience in the area of development cooperation, which often turns out to be instrumental to their recruitment into International Organizations.
The IDLO, of which Italy is among the top funders, is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting the Rule of Law and good governance practices, especially in Developing Countries and in countries in a phase of economic transition or just out of armed conflicts. The IDLO’s mandate is connected to several Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and especially SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.