WHO WE ARE
The non-governmental organization (O.N.G.) CO.P.E. - Cooperation Emerging Countries is a non-profit organization and international volunteer organization born in Catania in 1983, federated to the "FOCSIV - Volontari nel Mondo" (Federation of Christian Organisms of International Voluntary Service).
Since 1988 CO.P.E. is recognized as eligible by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to carry out International Cooperation and Development Education activities (decree No. 1988/128/5110 / ID), as part of Italian law no. 49/1987 on Development Cooperation. The CO.P.E. therefore enjoys the status of non-governmental organization (NGO) and No Profit by right.
Drawing inspiration from Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and must act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood ", CO.P.E. firmly believes in the importance of stimulating, promoting and strengthening cooperation with the peoples of emerging countries by promoting the material, social, cultural and moral progress of the most disadvantaged individuals and groups and the relations between the North and the South of the World.
Our body, in compliance with the rules governing the Non-Governmental Organizations in the field of international cooperation, sets as targets of its work:
CO.P.E. in the South of the World
In full respect of local laws, culture and traditions and in close collaboration with local partners, the association promotes and organizes projects in the health, agricultural, educational and social fields to promote the self-development of local populations in emerging countries. . Currently, we are present in Africa (Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Tanzania) and Latin America (Peru).
CO.P.E. projects they are characterized by the following intervention philosophy:
The interventions of CO.P.E. in the Southern hemisphere, were mainly financed by the following institutional actors:
-> European Commission, EuropeAid program,
-> Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Italy, MAE / Promossi procedures,
-> Italian Episcopal Conference, Charitable Interventions in favor of the Third World,
-> Presidency of the Sicily Region, procedures for projects promoted and entrusted,
-> Local authorities, provinces and municipalities.
Beyond those already indicated, CO.P.E. receives support for its projects and activities in Italy and abroad from private donors (individual or associated), voluntary associations, ecclesiastical groups, club services.
Find out how to contribute by consulting the Campaigns section of our site.
CO.P.E. in Italy
In our country, the CO.P.E. carries out fund raising, information, awareness and training activities in the field of Development Education (EaS) at national, regional and local level in collaboration with other local associations and Italian NGOs, promoting the logic of "networking" .
Our body carries out EAS meetings aimed at new generations in schools and during public events on issues such as active citizenship, climate change, international volunteering, human rights, interculturality and the integration of migrants.
To find out about our projects in Italy go to the Projects-Italy section.
CO.P.E. is one of the founding members of CONGASS, the Coordination of Sicilian NGOs and social solidarity associations, and the Assembly of the members of "Fà la cosa giusta Sicilia" (Do The Right Thing Sicily), the committee that promotes healthy lifestyles and critical consumption in the regional territory .