History

Working with the southern world since 1987

Cesvitem was established in Mirano (Venice) Italy in 1985 and certified two years later as a not-for-profit organisation. From its foundation it has given support to around 10,000 children through sponsorship programmes and has ensured the completion of a further one hundred co-operative development and solidarity projects in eleven different countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

In legal terms, Cesvitem gained recognition from the European Commission as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in 1989. Since 1998 it has been registered as a not-for-profit organisation (Onlus) and in 2003 the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs recognised Cesvitem as an NGO.

Since 1990 Cesvitem has been a part of Cipsi (the Co-ordination of Popular Initiatives for International Solidarity), a national organisation that currently has 48 members, consisting of NGOs and associations committed to the sector of international solidarity and co-operative development.

To show its commitment to sponsorship projects, Cesvitem joined La Gabbianella in 1999, the national association for the promotion, protection and development of sponsorship programmes in Italy. In 2000 it signed the Charter of Principles for Sponsorship, the result of a lengthy comparison of about a hundred Italian associations operating in this sector. In 2010 Cesvitem was placed on the List of Sponsorship Organisations founded by the Italian Agency for not-for-profit organisations.

From 2000 it has been a part of the Italian Association for NGOs (AOI), the broadest and most representative Italian organisation in the non-governmental sector.

In 2002 an agency office was opened in Trujillo (Peru), followed by the opening of an office in Maputo (Mozambique) in 2003.

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