The President of Hydroaid, Ambassador Luigi Cavalchini, and Hydroaid's Acting Director, Ms Maria Cristina Ciancetta, were invited to participate at the second Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference organized in Rome by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on 25 October.
The Conference is the occasion for an exchange of views with African Ministers of Foreign Affairs, high level representatives of major international organizations as well as Italian business, academia and civil society. Discussions aim at strenghtening the cooperation between Italy and Africa and focus mainly on the shared economic growth and mutual benefits, the political stability and security and the human development. Fifty-four African countries, most represented at ministerial level, and thirteen international organizations, including the Africa Union, for a total of 350 delegates take part in the Conference.
Hydroaid is currently active in several African countries (Benin, Mozambico, Senegal, Tanzania) where contributes, through international cooperation initiatives, to the improvement of sustainable development, fostering the integration and encouraging the collaboration with local communities. In particular, Hydroaid is developing important relationships with the Water Development and Resources Found of Ethiopia and the Minister of Water and Irrigation of Egypt, aiming at the implementation of specific training initiatives and to establish Master programmes in the field of sustainable management of water resources.