The first project funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) goes back to the 1991. Since 1993, COOPI is officially ECHO’s partner and on January 2014 the fifth Framework Partnership Agreement was signed, so to regulate the partnership in the implementation of UE-funded humanitarian projects.
COOPI’s collaboration with the European Union started in the early 80s. Ever since then, given COOPI’s acknowledged expertise in projects planning and implementation, the EU financed over 200 projects, mostly in the field of food security and child and maternal care, in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Thanks to the funds granted by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), COOPI, over the last 4 years, has carried forward protection projects in the veterinary sector, targeted at appeasing people and breeders’ shocks due to the fierce food crisis striking Somalia.
The first CHF-funded project goes back to 2007, when the latter has funded a programme targeted at building emergency refuges, as well as providing drinking water access and sanitary services in Guatemala. Ever since then, COOPI has managed over 20 projects funded by the CHF, especially in Central African Republic.
In 2005 started the first food security programme of COOPI financed by FAO, supporting populations struck by wars in Sudan as well as internal displaced persons in the North of Darfur. Since then, FAO funded over 60 projects, mostly in east Africa.
Programmes have focused great effort in providing populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda with psychological support in order to help victims of armed conflicts to be reintegrated within society.
Since 2003 the International Organization of Migration has funded COOPI’s projects, mostly in the field of humanitarian aid in Iraq. During the last years, projects have been implemented in Niger and Somalia with the aim to provide psychosocial support to immigrants in Niamey as well as enhance the role of the Somali Diaspora in Italy from a cooperation and development perspective.
Over 40 projects in 5 years. Since 2004, start date of the partnership with OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of humanitarian affairs), COOPI has received grants finalised to the realisation of hygiene and sanitation projects, especially in the Middle East – Iraq and Palestine – where COOPI is currently operating with the intent to further extend them to Lebanon, as well as food security programmes addressing the issues caused by natural disasters in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Chad and Uganda.
COOPI’s first United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded project goes back to 1996: it aimed at rehabilitating 3 sanitary offices in the district of Mocuba – Mozambico. The long-lived partnership with the UNDP allowed COOPI to realize 80 projects scattered among different sectors - protection, nutrition, and food security - and different areas of the world, from west Africa – Malawi, Sierra Leone, Central Africa Republic e Democratic Republic of Congo - to Latin America and the Caribbean - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela - and Middle East, especially Afghanistan.
UNICEF is one of the historical partners of COOPI. The collaboration started in 1996 and up to now it has brought the implementation of almost 270 projects, mostly in Central and West Africa. UNICEF’ s grants have been devolved mostly to protection and emergency projects targeted at decreasing the mortality rate among children and mothers and/or protecting girls from violence and abuses./
The World Health Organization (WHO) has funded COOPI’s projects since 2004. Partners have cooperated to promote and implement emergency programmes responding to the sanitary needs of communities in the Middle East, mostly in Afghanistan.
Born in 2014 in occasion of an Hygiene project in Afghanistan, COOPI’s partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), has endured over time so to allow for the extension of programmes to Middle East and Africa, focusing great effort mostly in Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi. At present, the number of projects funded by the WFP amounts to 56.
Nearly 100 is the number of projects supporting the refugees especially in Central Africa implemented by COOPI since 1994 up to now, with financial aid of the UN Refugee Agency. Programmes have been focusing mostly on protection, health e humanitarian assistance to internal displaced persons in Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.