We are an independent Italian NGO founded in Milan by Father Vincenzo Barbieri on April 15, 1965.
Today we are present in 28 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, with 199 humanitarian projects reaching almost 2,600,000 people. Since 2006 we have been providing food, education, health and protection to thousands of children in 8 countries through our child sponsorship programs. Since 1965 we have helped 100 million people, through 1,700 projects in 65 countries, employing 4,600 expatriate and 58,000 local operators.
COOPI aspires to a world without poverty, a world in which the ideals of equality and justice, sustainable development and social cohesion can be achieved, thanks to the coming together and cooperation of its peoples.
Through the commitment, motivation, determination and professionalism of its staff, COOPI aims to contribute to the process of fighting poverty and developing the communities with which it cooperates all over the world, intervening in situations of emergency, reconstruction and development, in order to achieve a better balance between the Global North and the Global South, between developed areas and deprived or developing areas.
For COOPI, credibility and reputation are immensely valuable assets. It is therefore essential that we clearly set out the common values, principles and responsibilities that guide our actions in our relations with donors, beneficiaries, project partners, and the people who work with us and with any stakeholders with an interest in our work.
COOPI has grown continuously in the 50 years since it was founded, and we have adapted our organizational structure in order to be able to meet the challenges of a constantly evolving international cooperation sector.