The CUCS (University Coordination for Development Cooperation) is the network of Italian Universities for Development Cooperation. It is promoted by the CRUI (Conference of Italian University Rectors), to aggregate the reflections and actions of the university world relating to cooperation for sustainable development.

Organisations that support the Master in Cooperation for Sustainable Agrifood Development at the University of Milan


Founded in 2007, CoLomba – Lombardy Cooperation – is the Association of International Cooperation and Solidarity Organizations of Lombardy. It brings together development cooperation and humanitarian aid organizations based in Lombardy, which intends to network to share values and experiences, in a decisive sector for combating poverty and inequality.


LINK 2007 is a consortium coordination association that brings together important and historic Italian NGOs. It was created to share and pool values, knowledge, experiences and know-how, to give greater strength to the action of development cooperation and humanitarian aid, enhancing their different specificities while maintaining their profound meaning.

Rete Semi Rurali

We are a second-level, non-profit national association based in Scandicci that works for the affirmation of the value of cultivated biodiversity. RSR works/operates to defend, conserve and promote collective management of agrobiodiversity and thus contribute to greater awareness of the ecological transition of the economic and production model.

CISV Torino

CISV, Comunità Impegno Servizio Volontariato, is a non-profit, secular and independent association, founded in 1961 in Turin. We are first and foremost a community in which members – donors, volunteers, employees, partners, collaborators, and supporters – share values, projects and lifestyles.

Le Reseau

Le Réseau is a space for reflections on Migration, Intercultural and International cooperation. It was born in 2000 in Parma to develop socio-cultural, economic and commercial synergies. It is made up of Africans and Italians. Its primary objectives have always been to promote a cultural approach to immigration and multi-ethnic integration.


Deafal (European Delegation for Family Farming in Asia, Africa and Latin America) is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization born in 2000. Deafal promotes Regenerative and Organic Agriculture to improve the livelihood of small farming communities through the preservation of biodiversity. It aims to subvert unfair food production system through the collaboration, rather than subordination and competition, among different regions of the world.


AVSI, a non-profit organization founded in 1972, implements development and humanitarian aid projects in 38 countries, including Italy. Our vision: to work for a world where the person is the protagonist of his or her own integral development and that of his or her community, even in crisis and emergency contexts. In 2020, AVSI helped almost 5 million people in need, including 21,412 children through our distance support program.

Terra Nuova

Terra Nuova is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1969, formally registered on 13 October 1971, and is engaged in the field of international solidarity and cooperation between communities and peoples. Our main aim is to support social organisations working in countries around the world, specifically, those organisations that are interested in contributing to social change, promoting equality, in economic, environmental, political and cultural sustainability and in peace. Today we are present and active in Latin America, Africa and Europe.


ACRA is a non-governmental, laic and independent organization, founded in Milan in 1968 and engaged for over fifty years in combating poverty through sustainable, innovative and participatory solutions. It works together with local communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America to guarantee the right of access to food, water, education, and energy, for the protection and protection of the environment and for supporting inclusive and lasting growth, enhancing social enterprises and local skills.

Mani Tese

We are a Non-Governmental Organization which has been fighting to achieve social, economic and environmental justice around the world for over 50 years. We are also a non-profit organization and we are recognized as a Charitable Organization. We operate in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with projects for international cooperation to develop an independent and sustainable economy together with local communities.


COSPE was founded in 1983 and is a private, secular and non-profit association. We operate in 25 countries around the world with about 70 projects alongside thousands of women and men for a change that ensures equitable and sustainable development, respect for human rights, peace and justice among peoples. We work for the construction of a world in which diversity is considered a value, a world of many voices, wherein the encounter we are enriched and where social justice passes above all through the access of all to equal rights and opportunities.


CELIM – Centro Laici Italiani per le Missioni – is an Non-governmental
Organisation founded in 1954, registered in the OSC (Civil Society
Organisations) book of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and recognized by the European Union.
We handle projects of international cooperation in Africa, in the
Balkans and in the Middle East, with the help of many volunteers and
professionals on the one side and the collaboration of local authorities and
local partners on the other.

Dévelo LC

Dévelo Laboratorio di Cooperazione is an association born in 2013 from the interest in International Cooperation of the founding members, students of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences in Milan. Dévelo is motivated by the desire to help build solidarity, and ecological and multicultural societies by focusing on the rights of men and women.


We are a non-governmental organization recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) and the Italian Cooperation Agency (AICS). We work on food sovereignty and security, agroecology and agriculture. We believe in people and in strengthening personal skills, for the improvement of everyone‘s living conditions.


We have been working for more than 30 years throughout the world to face up to the worst humanitarian emergencies and to run projects that concretely fight against poverty and support sustainable development. To “do good well” we field professionals and competence to enhance the role and the involvement of the recipient communities.


We work with people and local communities to improve social and economic conditions and to promote inclusive, fair and sustainable societies with a participatory approach. We implement cooperation programmes in Italy and across the world, with special attention to the environment, in the areas of intercultural citizenship, labour market integration, sustainable agriculture and responsible tourism.


Movimento Africa ’70 was born in 1971: we come from the struggles for civil rights, in Italy and around the world, and from the period of the decolonization of Africa. Our path began with active solidarity with those people who were then struggling to free themselves from colonialism. We are therefore born as a civil and cultural movement, to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable populations in the areas most at risk. Our mission is to promote fair and sustainable human development processes, stimulating the active participation of all, sharing local knowledge and enhancing the cultural and environmental heritage of the territories. 

CBM Italy

CBM Italia was born in Milan in 2001. In 2009 it was recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. CBM Italia is part of CBM (Christian Blind Mission), an international organization active since 1908 to include and contribute to a better quality of life for people with disabilities living in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


HELPCODE’s main focus is children’s future. We combat childhood malnutrition in Italy and abroad through education and by establishing school cafeterias to improve nutritional intake. In situations of food insecurity or in emergencies our initiatives aim to improve agronomic skills and technologies, especially for small-scale agricultural production. We support the economic recovery of areas affected by natural disasters by helping to reactivate the food and agriculture sector and introducing new techniques and inputs.


The International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP) is a civil society organisation that has been engaged in international cooperation and the fight against social exclusion since 1983.  In almost 40 years of operation, we have been present in every region of the world. Today, the CISP is active in more than 30 countries with initiatives for the affirmation of fundamental rights and social inclusion, the fight against inequalities and social injustice, the creation of economic and social opportunities as well as the protection of marginalised people. 

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