Institutional Framework

The FAO/Italy Cooperative Programme is structured within one management unit, which provides the overall supervision, monitoring and effective implementation of the whole programme and its three main components: Traditional Programme, Italian Trust Fund for Food Security and Italy/FAO Decentralized Cooperation.

The resources, made available by the Italian Government for the voluntary contribution to FAO, are received through the Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS)/Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in particular the Ufficio II manages the multilateral component funds.

At FAO level, the Resource Mobilization and Operations Support Service (TCSR), within the Technical Cooperation Department, is in charge of managing the Italian voluntary contribution to the FAO/Italy Cooperative Programme and its main components, including also the APO Programme. While the Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division (TCE) is in charge exclusively of the funds for Emergency Programmes.

To respond to changes in the external environment and address emerging priorities, the FAO/Italy Cooperative Programme operates in line with the Resource Mobilization and Management Strategy, with the Organization's ten-year Strategic Framework, and with the Impact Focus Areas (IFAs), related to the four-year Medium Term Plan, to guide FAO’s efforts in mobilizing the resources required to match Members’ priorities. The Strategy focuses on forging resource partnerships built on trust and mutual accountability. It aims to achieve higher and more predictable voluntary contributions that fully support FAO's achievements. In particular, it will work towards consolidating, diversifying and expanding FAO’s resource partnerships; creating a wide awareness of FAO’s priority areas and resource requirements; promoting an enhanced capacity for resource mobilization throughout the Organization; and ensuring that resources are effectively managed for results, which are reported to the governing bodies and external partners.

Therefore, a coordinated approach and constant dialogue on programming priorities is established between FAO and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To increase the importance and effectiveness of the projects financed by Italy, focus is placed on four main areas of the project cycle, that is: identification, formulation, monitoring and evaluation.

Regular Tripartite Review Missions offer an opportunity to monitor and evaluate the projects during their implementation. The three parties involved (representatives of FAO, of the Italian Government and of the host government) meet directly in the field and assess the progress of a project to discuss any issues arising in the implementation of the activities, in order to identify possible solutions.

IFAs Explained