Through the Fondazioni4Africa, four among the main Italian foundations of banking origin, Compagnia di San Paolo di Torino, Fondazione Cariparma di Parma, Fondazione Cariplo di Milano and Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena have agreed to invest together in Africa, a first in Italian philanthropy. The project is in close collaboration with many Italian non-governmental organizations of international co-operation and African immigrants associations. Two three-year interventions were launched in autumn 2008, in North Uganda and Senegal respectively. Both projects ended successfully, reaching a definite self-sustainability of many of the development paths set out.
The intervention in North Uganda was aimed at sustaining the return of displaced people from IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps to their villages or to other settlements, in order to promote local, sustainable development and peace in the districts of Gule, Amuru, Kitgum, and Pader. The project consisted in an integrated action composed of varied intervention areas: rural development, economic activities, water, health services, education, environmental safeguard and sustainability. A cross element is the population’s pacification and reconciliation, with the aim of promoting the reconstruction of a community and social organization, and the reintegration of ex fighters into the community.
This project was granted € 2.1 million by the Compagnia di San Paolo from 2008 to 2013.