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The definition of decentralized cooperation given by the General Directorate for Development Cooperation of the Foreign Affaires Ministry is: “The action of cooperating for development performed by Italian local autonomies, either individually or in consortiums with other institutions and expressions of organized civil society located in the geographical area of administrative competence - implemented through partnerships, preferably set up with equivalent institutions of the developing countries -  whilst favouring active participation of all the partner country’s representative civil society components in decisional processes aiming for their local area’s sustainable development.”

The City of Turin, with the intention of favouring development cooperation with partner cities within developing countries, has identified, over time, the following work methods:


Between 1997 and 2001 the preferred method for promoting decentralized cooperation initiatives was that of publishing invitations for tender with Municipal Council deliberations.


Between 2003 and 2006 the approach chosen for project design and management was that of setting up city-tables, a tool suitable for valuing networking among Turin’s institutional and civil society resources working on International cooperation projects.

From 2007 to date the preferred methods used to promote decentralised cooperation projects in partner cities have been: organising actions by geographical area (Latin America, Mediterranean, Africa) and supporting projects directly managed by the institution in partnership with other bodies (Piedmont region, Turin Province, San Paolo Company, ICE, ATO3 etc.).

The descriptions of activities carried out in this framework, together with all relative documentation, are quoted in the web pages dedicated to decentralized cooperation with partner cities.
Refer to partner city forms

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