Who we are
The John Paul II Foundation for the dialogue, cooperation and development originates in 2007 from the decennial commitment of Fiesole, Montepulciano, Chiusi, Pienza and several other Dioceses, in cooperation with other lay and catholic institutions, in favour of Middle Eastern Countries and similarly disadvantages areas in the world.
The Foundation aims to represent an instrument to foster dialogue among people, cultures and religions, and offers an opportunity to promote international cooperation projects. Its main intention is to play a relevant role as a connection between lay and religious authorities operating in the development field in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern environment, by means of tangible and durable interventions able to consistently weigh on the targeted economical, social and cultural contexts.
The John Paul II Foundation is recognized as an official member organization with general consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and The John Paul II Foundation is officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to operate in the field of international cooperation in accordance with art. 28 L. 49/1987
Areas of intervention
Vocationale and professional training: enhancing skills of young people in order to improve their employment perspectives and support enterprises creation. Schooling support to disabled children.
Private sector support: promoting high-quality agricultural and craft production development to facilitate access to national and international markets.
Good governance support: promoting institutional building and networking in cooperation with Italian institutions.
Infrastructures: realization of hospitals, schools and multi-purpose centres.
Green economy: planning and design of renewable energies installations.
Health care assistance: provision of health equipment and technical training for health staff through sharing and exchange opportunities with local and international doctors and professionals.
Provision of basic care and assistance to refugees and displaced people.
Provision of assistance and protection to migrants and disadvantaged people.
In order to promote its Mission, the Foundation and its Board of Directors can collaborate with top-level professional profiles and experts organized as follows: Scientific Committee composed of national and international professionals in several thematic sectors. Its members avail the Foundation of their competencies for initiatives’ planning and management. The Programmes Office is in charge of planning, management and evaluation of emergency and development initiatives. It works in tight cooperation with local and international partners to elaborate project proposals responding to local population’s needs. The Technical Office is composed by engineers, in charge of infrastructures’ planning and design. The Administration & Finance Offices are located both in Italy and in the Countries where the Foundation operates. They coordinate economical and financial management providing donors with precise accounting of the initiatives they support. The Fundraising and Communications office is specialized and responsible for the promotion of John Paul II Foundation works in order to raise funds from community and private sectors.
A partnership strategy
The John Paul II Foundation operates on the basis of a participatory and networking approach, counting on partnerships activated and enhanced by the Scientific Committee. Its partners come from both the academic and research fields and the public sector, together with chambers of commerce, training agencies and large retailers representatives. Through exchange of experience, local institutions and small-scale producers’ associations in developing contexts can their organizational skills, improve their products’ quality and open new markets.