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Profile of registrant

AVSI Foundation

Identification number in the register: 37924887335-21
Registration date: 05/12/11 09:34:32

The information on this organisation was last modified on 05/12/14 12:32:05
The date of the last annual update was 05/12/14 12:32:05

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: AVSI Foundation
Legal status: Foundation
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Gianpaolo Silvestri
Position: Secretary-General

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Dania Tondini
Position: EU Affairs

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 4 via Legnone 
Milan 20158
Telephone number: (+3902) 6749881
Fax number: (+3902) 67490056
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: AVSI Foundation is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1972, with headquarters in Milan, Italy and an office in Washington, DC.
Globally, AVSI’s mission is to support human development in developing countries according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church, with special attention to education and promotion of the global dignity of every person.

Since 1991, AVSI has been registered as a PVO with USAID, and is officially recognized by the Italian Government and the European Union. AVSI holds general consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, New York, with UNICEF, New York, with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)in Vienna; AVSI is an accredited participant of the UN Global Compact and is listed in the ILO Special List of NGOs.
At present, AVSI is operating in 37 countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and South-East Asia in the following sectors: social and educational, distance support, urban development, healthcare, work, agriculture, food security and water, energy and environment, humanitarian emergency, migrations, international adoptions.
More than 60 organizations now make up the informal AVSI network, which works systematically on the implementation of projects, common reflection on development, to share methods and experiences. The network includes founding members and participating members, but also partners. A network bound by operative friendship.

Drawing on AVSI’s methodological approach that focuses on the needs of the person in his/her entirety and on partnerships with local institutions, AVSI’s programs and those of networked organizations often extend into more than one sector and across the divisions of civil society, business, and the state. This cross-sectoral and community-level approach makes each intervention more effective and sustainable.
AVSI, relying in a particular way on its personnel in the field working side by side with local partners, holds education as the overall goal of each cultural, social and economic project and initiative. Education cannot be reduced to schooling, training sessions, or information campaigns; instead, to educate means to introduce ourselves and one another to reality, to its meaning and to the value of things, thereby sustaining the individual’s responsible undertaking to better his/her life and the lives of others.

An education to reality entails sharing an experience, through a relationship, where the fulfillment of life and the awareness of meaning are already being lived.

With this ultimate goal and guided by the following principles, AVSI does not create dependency, but helps individuals and communities address their own present and future needs through education and building permanent and sustainable institutions.

Centrality of the person: The person is seen as a unique being in his or her fundamental relationships, family and society. The person cannot be reduced to a social category or a limitation such as poverty, disease or disability.
Starting from the positive: Every person and every community represents a potential resource, regardless of their vulnerability. This means valuing and strengthening all that has been made by people and also helping people to understand their own value and dignity.
Doing with: Starting from a relationship with the people to whom the project is directed and building with them on the basis of their development path.
Development of Civil Society and Subsidiarity: Development projects must favor associations, ackowledgment and must value the establishment of intermediate bodies along with responsible and engaged social fabric.
Partnership: Promotion of partnerships with all the actors in the field in order to favor synergies and optimize available resources.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 1
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
DANIA TONDINI 04/02/14 24/01/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

- discussion on Agenda for Change
- discussion on MFF 2014-2020
- EC proposals for instruments for external action (DCI, EIDHR, ENI, IPA, CIR, PI)
- communication on Social Protection
- communication on CSOs
- communication on Nutrition
- communication on Budget Support
- EU platform external cooperation development
- Corporate Social Responsibility

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Budget
  • Communication
  • Development
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Research and Technology
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 124
Number of member organisations: 20
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • ACDI Argentina (34 members)
  • AVAID Switzerland (21 members)
  • AVSI Polska (25 members)
  • AVSI San Marino (25 members)
  • AVSI USA (5 members)
  • CDM Brazil (22 members)
  • Cesal Spain (89 members)
  • COWA Uganda (14 members)
  • DIJO Mexico (6 members)
  • Fundacion Domus Chile (3 members)
  • FDP Fundatia Desvoltarea Romania (18 members)
  • Maksora (6 members)
  • Meeting Point Kitgum Uganda (8 members)
  • Meeting Point International Uganda (8 members)
  • SHIS Albania (20 members)
  • Sotas Lithuania (6 members)
  • The Seed Nigeria (4 members)
  • Vida Portugal (16 members)
  • Support Germany (8 members)
  • COWA Kenya (5 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Compagnia delle Opere - Opere sociali

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 27,307,164
of which public financing: 11,696,385
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants: 5,507,440
- from national sources: 1,944,885
- from local/regional sources: 540,775
International organizations and bilateral cooperations : 3,471,026
CEI - Italian Bishops' Conference : 232,259
from other sources: 15,610,779
- donations: 14,565,870
- contributions from members:
International adoptions : 129,740
others : 915,169
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 100000  € - 150000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

The total budget managed in 2013 by AVSI by both headquarters in Italy and local branches is 45.355.276 Euros

Besides 124 natural persons, AVSI has 28 member organisations in 20 countries.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.