This project originated in response to the Cariplo Foundation‘s Capacity Building Call, with which the Foundation wants to support and enhance the Third Sector ability to express economically sustainable social, cultural and environmental innovation, simultaneously acting on improving the quality of the human resources involved, on the strategic planning processes and on the organizational and management structure of the organizations themselves.
In this context, ICEI has decided to bet on the strengthening of its local dimension, according to the strategic choice made over the last decade or so to become a “glocal” entity, combining interventions in international cooperation with a growing commitment on the Italian and European territory to improve socio-economic inclusion of vulnerable subjects, intercultural citizenship and fight against discrimination.
This choice was determined by a need that we felt: to review the context where we operate and to respond to the new needs of the most vulnerable parts of the population. A context made of new urban poverties, increasing levels of internal poverty in Italy and an acceleration of the migratory drive with consequent new integration challenges – in a cultural and political framework increasingly discriminatory, of social and economic exclusion of new population groups, of increasing problems in the cities’ suburbs.
Therefore, emerged strongly the need to invest in equipping ourselves appropriately and growing in our intervention in Italy/Europe, to enhance the impact of our action. We have identified the main organizational development components that we wanted to strengthen, and, thanks to Cariplo Foundation’s support, we were able to begin this important and stimulating path of change.