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Florence, Italy
Joined March 2021

We work for a world of peace, diversity and hospitality, with more rights and democracy, social equity and inclusion, and more environmental sustainability

Presence in: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, State of Palestine, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Focus: Citizenship, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Land & Natural Resources, Other, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Women's Rights

COSPE is a no-profit association founded in Italy in 1983, operating in the international cooperation to overcome conditions of poverty and social injustice throughout the world. COSPE has branches officially registered and recognized in almost 20 countries with more than 90 ongoing projects in three main thematic areas:

  • Human rights and Democracy: we work to widen the spaces for participation of citizens in the public and democratic life, especially of vulnerable groups and people at risk of exclusion. We work to promote enhancement of human rights and support to human rights defenders’ demands and protection
  • Migrations: we work to guaranteeing the rights to migrants in countries of origin, transit and arrival. The goal is to build inclusive, multi-cultural and open societies, capable of making of diversity their wealth.
  • Environment and new economies The intertwining of climate change and the increase in inequalities in an overpopulated world puts at great risk the stability of ecosystems and the right to a dignified life for an increasing number of people. Our response is an ecological conversion of the economy and lifestyles centred on social and solidarity economies.

COSPE cross-cutting approaches:

  • Strengthening of Civil Society: The heart of COSPE action is the enhancement of local civil society’s resources, capacities and spaces, supporting social and economic movements, grass roots organisations and activists
  • Women’s empowerment and rights: Gender inequalities are the oldest and the most pervasive in the world. COSPE supports the creation and growth of women’s associations, their economic and social autonomy and their political leadership, and of a gender approach to the development
  • Social Inclusion and Protection: COSPE promote analysis and solutions to overcome systemic social exclusions, encouraging multi-stakeholders dialogue, capacitation of public institutions and empowerment and action of marginalized and vulnerable groups

People Associated With This Organization

Federica Masi

Joined March 2021
Interests: Gender-based violence, Other, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Women's Rights
I am Italian and I have 46 years. I have a PHD in Human Rights protection and extensive experience applied to different thematic areas with short and long missions in about 20 countries. I have worked in the past 25 years in the international cooperation covering different roles and position in the NGO sector from technical assistance to specific areas (monitoring and evaluation, project’s design, training, capacity building, etc), to overall projects' management, until the direction of departments and offices. I have been Executive Director of COSPE in Italy for 7 years and then Director of the International Cooperation Department for other 6 years. In 2018 I have decided to move to another COSPE Branch, namely COSPE in Eswatini, to be closer to the programs’ implementation in a South perspective and to put again at disposal my knowledge and experiences in Human rights protection, as well to enlarge and enrich my professional competencies. I am currently the Eswatini Country Director and also the Project Manager for a large LGBTI rights program in Southern Africa, supporting LGBTI organisations and human rights defenders in Eswatini, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.
I would like to join the network to know about other programs and organisations that are operating for the enhancement of human rights, to put at disposal the best practise that I have encountered or developed so far, to learn about other interesting exeperineces that could be disseminated and replicated, to access opportunities of trainings, competence building, and exchange programmes, and also funding opportunities for new projects and ideas. I think it is a great opportunity at a personal professional level, but also for the other civil society organisations, grass roots organisations and activists we are working with in Southern Africa. At the same time, this network can be also promoted to the other branches of COSPE in the world to create connections and enlarge the network of partners and allies. For this reason I put down the contact of the Branch in Italy who manages the connections among all branches in the world.
Federica Masi is the network champion (main point of contact) for COSPE.

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