WHO WE ARE

VISION

COOPI Suisse aspires to a world without poverty, able to concretely implement the ideals of equality and justice, sustainable development and social cohesion, thanks to the coming together and cooperation among all populations.

MISSION

COOPI Suisse wants to contribute, through the commitment, motivation, determination and professionalism of its people, to the process of fighting poverty and to the growth of the communities with which it cooperates in the world, intervening in emergency situations, bringing reconstruction and development, to achieve a better balance between the North and the South of the planet, between "developed" areas and depressed or developing areas.

General Assembly

Supreme governing body of the Association

Committee

President Carla Ricci

In 1999, Carla began her full-time collaboration with the Coopi Foundation, where she held various functions over the years: Head of desk for Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia; on-site Project Manager for Ethiopia; Director; Planning department Manager. In 2012 she assumed the responsibility as the President of the Association COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale Suisse and since 2009 she is vice-president of the COOPI Foundation.

Vice-President Anne Schweikert

She has worked in several courts as a lawyer since 2000 and as a solicitor since 2004, including the Juvenile Magistrates Court and the Cantonal Criminal Court. Anne then continued to work as a lawyer and solicitor, first in an associated office and then in her own office in Lugano. She has actively collaborated with refugee centres run by the Red Cross, providing free legal advice. As a founding member of COOPI Suisse, she has been the association's Vice President since 2016.

Treasurer Laura Francioli

She joined the COOPI Foundation in 2011 through her Master's degree in Fundraising from the University of Bologna, and in 2012 she was hired by COOPI Suisse as the Head of Development, holding the position until 2014. Since 2015 she has been a partner and member of the Association's committee, active as the associative treasurer.

She currently works for the Human Rights Film Festival in Lugano.

Member Ennio Miccoli

He has been involved in the area of international cooperation and development since 1977. Initially he worked in various countries abroad, upon his return he became Head of the Central African area and then Head of Projects abroad of the COOPI Foundation. Currently, Ennio is employed as the General Director of the Foundation in Milan.

Member Giulio Corbetta

From 2004 to 2011 he worked in the graphics industry for Photobook Technology. In 2011 he was hired by the Swiss Post Office as Account Manager, a position that over the years has allowed him to connect with numerous people of the non-profit sector in Ticino and to develop a deep knowledge of the social and productive context of the area. In this environment he was introduced to COOPI Suisse and since 2018 he has been a member of the association's committee.

Operational structure

Head of promotion and development: Anna Bonaldi

Promotion and development area: Leonie Hipkins

Foundation and Corporate representative*: Cecilia Cinelli

Project representative*: Lorenzo Bianchi Carnival

*Members of staff employed at COOPI's international network level

For us, credibility and reputation are invaluable. It is therefore essential to clearly express values, principles and common responsibilities that guide our behavior in relation to our donors, beneficiaries, project partners, people who work with us and with any interlocutor who is interested in our activities.

COOPI frames policies on key issues for its operations, in which it has consolidated experience in the field.

"An Annual Report is not just a list of things done, the results achieved, it is not only an accounting report for our donors regarding every single penny spent. An Annual Report is also to account for the idealism that one is committed to pursuing "- Claudio Ceravolo - President of the Foundation COOPI.

We wanted to equip ourselves with the means of an annual report, because in addition to documenting the activities carried out in the South of the world year after year, we want to share our strategies and working methods with our donors, partners and sympathizers.

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY

COOPI Suisse is a non-profit humanitarian non-religious and independent organisation, constituted on May 3rd, 2012 in Lugano according to the Swiss Civil Code and officially recognized as a public utility in December 2012.

Our aim is to contribute to a harmonious and integrated development of the communities with which we operate in developing countries, knowing that through the encounter and collaboration between people one pursues ideals of equality and justice to achieve a better world balance . In Switzerland we promote values of inclusion and international solidarity.

COOPI Suisse was born from the initiative and motivation of a few people resident in Ticino, who knew and worked with the international network of COOPI in the past.

To foster a better balance between the most developed and least developed areas of the planet, COOPI intervenes in situations of emergency, reconstruction and development.

COOPI Suisse is constituted by people who have developed a certain knowledge on international development and humanitarian aid issues and contribute to the awareness and implementation of projects in developing countries with their expertise.

Among the members of the assembly, the committee, the volunteers, the staff of COOPI Suisse, there are people who for various reasons have experienced the complex world of developmental cooperation. These are people who are active in organizing awareness raising and developmental education initiatives, attending the associative world of Ticino, and working for short or long periods in developing countries within the management of interventions.

COOPI Suisse has an area dedicated to its activities in Switzerland, a communication and fundraising area, an area dedicated to the management of ​​projects, which are undertaken by the headquarters on-site, in collaboration with local partners and institutional donors.

Thanks to being a member of the international network of COOPI, COOPI Suisse can make use of key skills to ensure the best use of resources available: research and program innovation department, planning and project department, quality control department, human resource department, communication and fundraising department.