We work for the development of the people in need
Water and Hygiene
We guarantee the access to drinking water in arid rural areas and builds water infrastructures as well as hygiene and healthcare services in degraded urban contexts.
In the dry lands of Africa, but also in some areas of Latin America, Asia and Middle East, COOPI works for guaranteeing the access to drinking water, to new water sources and for rehabilitating the existing ones forests springs and waterworks in urban areas. For more than forty years, COOPI has built hundreds of wells — from the most traditional to the most complex and sustainable ones using renewable energy sources — thus improving the living conditions of thousands of people. These kind of activities are always accompanied by awareness rising and communities training activities about simple and cheap techniques for water purification and systems management, for bringing about the autonomous and sustainable management of water and environmental resources.The projects can cover different intervention sectors, from the purification of water to prevent the spread of diseases caused by contaminated water, and water production for agriculture and breeding, which encourages food security in the communities.most complex and sustainable ones using renewable energy sources — thus improving the living conditions of thousands of people. These kind of activities are always accompanied by awareness rising and communities training activities about simple and cheap techniques for water purification and systems management, for bringing about the autonomous and sustainable management of water and environmental resources.The projects can cover different intervention sectors, from the purification of water to prevent the spread of diseases caused by contaminated water, and water production for agriculture and breeding, which encourages food security in the communities.
Environment and Humanitarian Assistance
Ready to save human lives.
In emergency and crisis situations, or in dealing with disadvantaged groups, we activate programs for supplying food and other basic goods, camps for refugees and displaced people, and training programs aimed at preventing and managing environmental disasters.
With rapidity, efficacy and deep knowledge of the local contexts, COOPI implements, in some cases, food aid programs and, in other cases, more complex interventions of humanitarian help in which it supplies food, basic goods and shelter. For internal displaced people and the refugees, it creates and manages first aid camps and starts the rehabilitation of public infrastructures and homes destroyed by wars or environmental calamity. In Latin America, and recently in Eastern Africa, COOPI has developed specific skills in training programs aimed at preventing and managing environmental disasters.
We help to ensure high academic training on development cooperation and We promote the spread of the value of solidarity through awareness campaigns.
Coopi focuses on two main aspects: campaigning & advocacy to support local communities and to involve and sustain citizens for the adoption of sensible policies and global learning. This, to develop world citizenship skills in secondary schools and professional skills in high academic training.
Currently, Coopi’s activity in development education is focused on Master in Cooperation and Development of Pavia. It was born in cooperation with Cooperation and Development Network (CDN), a network of secondary university education programs focused on development and cooperation.
This Master wants to ensure academic and professional training on development cooperation issues. As well as theoretical modules– Economics and Development Economics, Human Development and Current Trends – there are lessons on project management– Project design and management – and finally field experience.
COOPI aims to promote and increase energy production and effective consumption in rural areas.
COOPIs’ projecs aim to reduce poverty enhancing business enterprises benefiting from increased sustainable and renewable energy, locally produced and used. At the same time, they will represent a positive contribution to environment protection and climate change mitigation since it will contribute to reduce environment pressure and reverse forests and soil degradation.
Protection and Human Rights
We make the most of differencies
In the last years, COOPI has started programs that take account of and promote a human rights culture, particularly when referred to vulnerable groups (women, children and disabled) and victims of abuses and violence generally. Many of these projects represent an evolution of welfare programmes, that aim at raising awareness among the public opinion through lobbying and advocacy activities.
Particularly in Latin America COOPI works for the fight against all discriminations and for the defence of native populations and ethnic minorities rights, and contributes to increase and improve democratic participation in electoral contests.
COOPI also intervenes in emergency situations for the rehabilitation and re-inclusion of soldiers and among them child-soldiers — for reconciliation and the prevention of conflicts, especially in Central Western Africa.
WE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY-LED DISEASES
We facilitate the access to basic medical treatments for everyone.
COOPI sets up primary health care programs integrated into local health systems and with the direct participation of the community.
In poor countries, where wars have weakened the basic infrastructures, COOPI creates programs of primary, preventive and therapeutic healthcare against health emergency and in constant coordination with the local and community healthcare systems.
At present, COOPI deals with projects aimed at rehabilitating all dispensaries in little villages and isolated areas, favouring the decentralised and community management of hospitals and services and revaluing existing competences, so that they can autonomously manage the communities healthcare needs on field.
Across the years, COOPI has developed specific competences in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmittable diseases, thank to programs focusing on the healthcare of the victims of sexual and gender violence in Central Western and Eastern Africa. Furthermore, COOPI is highly committed to the protection of mothers and childrens health, together with growth control as well as vaccination and nutrition campaigns, particularly in Central Western Africa, where COOPI has gained an expertise that is acknowledged by international donors.
We grant the instruments for subsistence and agricultural development.
We guarantee food security to those populations most exposed to recurrent crises and droughts, and we strengthen the production and trade capacities of farmers and their federal associations.
COOPI deals with agriculture at various levels. It creates projects for guaranteeing food security, supplying material (seeds, fertilizers, rehabilitation of water points) and training and providing technical assistance to small-scale production and subsistence activities. The projects are implemented in those rural areas most affected by recurring crises and droughts — such as Eastern Africa — and are often associated with livestock support and protection interventions, since the zoo-technical patrimony is a primary source of wealth in pastoral economies.
We ensure nutritional safety and we battle childhood malnutrition.
To ensure nutritional safety mean for COOPI to reduce the malnutrition rate in a sustainable way, maintaining an integrated approach focused on relevant individuals, communities and institutions.
We support communities with whom we work, guaranteeing maternal-childhood health services, integrating water and cleanliness parts, strengthening local physical and economical possibilities to access to food in adequate quantity and quality. In particular, our action is focused on prevention and treatment of severe malnutrition in children younger than 5 years old and pregnant women in breastfeeding period. During the 24 months from conception till birth, COOPI adopt the so called “1000 days” approach, supporting nutrition and supplementary adequate treatments for pregnant and breastfeeding women, promoting maternal breastfeeding for at least 6 months form child birth. With the aim of guarantee the efficacy and sustainability of this action, our interventions are based on community and active approach which includes the involvement and strengthening of institutions and main sanitary structures (at national and local levels) and of communities with whom we cooperate.
COOPI actions are based on a detailed analysis of needs which aim for fight against structural causes of malnutrition. Furthermore, thanks to the partnership with specialized research centers, promoting the research-action and supporting the strategies of intervention with specific studies which can condition the local political decisions and communities behaviors.