Progetto scolarizzazione in Angola

Partnerships for development: the value of working together

We are committed to delivering energy where it is needed and investing in education, health and economic diversification with joint, long-term activities.

by Eni Staff
14 min read
by Eni Staff
14 min read

A common heritage

Faced with increasingly complex global events, such as poverty and inequality, health emergencies, political instability and the climate and migration crisis, we have chosen to extend the scope of our development initiatives going beyond the boundary of our operational areas, by building alliances with leading internationally recognised partners in the area. This joint action and sharing of know-how can contribute to improving the living conditions of people in the countries where we are present, in line with the United Nations' 2030 Agenda, country level plans and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 

It is an enormous challenge that requires everyone's support: governments, international organisations, the private sector, investment funds, universities, research centres and civil society organisations – including the faith based organisations sector – that know the area and understand the fragility and primary needs of the people in the places where we operate. This is where the value lies and therefore there is a need to identify partners capable of guaranteeing longevity to activities.

Enrico Mattei's instinct and Eni's “vocation” to support the growth of communities and people, our dual flag approach, is more relevant than ever in this historical moment, a fertile ground for acting in accordance to the role that the international community, with growing awareness, is attributing to the private sector.

Our partnerships for Sustainable Development. Some examples

The partnerships we have developed with international agencies and organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank (WB) are all steps in this direction. As are the relationships and collaborations with Italian and European institutions, financial institutions and development banks, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, universities and research centres.


In July 2019, Eni and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) signed a joint declaration, establishing a model of pi-oneering public-private cooperation aimed at contributing to the achievement of the united nations sustainable development goals, particularly in Africa. This alliance has led to the launch of several initiative.


Under an agreement (Accord de Valorisation du Gaz) with the local government, Eni has developed the Renewable Energy Research Centre in the city of Oyo (Cu-vette Department). Thanks to its consolidated experience in the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers ("GN-SEC")*, UNIDO has developed a 5-year strategic plan aimed at supporting the Republic of Congo in taking charge of the Centre, ensuring its long-term sustainability. The UN agency's extensive network of industry relationships will also enable it to engage additional partners in the dialogue to assess potential synergies in the Centre's activities.


The coordination between Eni and UNIDO made it possible to identify synergis-tic initiatives in the Country in order to improve selected agro-industrial supply chains to foster youth employment and income generation for local producers. The pursuit of these objectives also relies on the support of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) with which Eni has signed a Memorandum of Understanding.


In order to promote the energy transition of the smaller islands, UNIDO sup-ported Eni and the Politecnico of Turin in conducting a feasibility study for the application of onshore and offshore renewables in the islands of Sal and Santo Antão of the Cape Verde archipelago. This study also leverages on the applica-tion of Eni’s proprietary ISWEC (Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter) technology for the production of electricity from wave motion. The project aims to dissem-inate Eni's know-how on decarbonisation through the integration of renewable energies into the traditional energy mix of small islands.


As part of the "Global partnership for hydrogen application in industry" launched by UNIDO in July 2021 Eni provides technical support, through its R&D function, to the expert panel set up to accelerate the global strategic dialogue on hydro-gen in industry for developing Countries. The UNIDO programme aims to stim-ulate synergies by improving the exchange of knowledge on policies, technical guidelines and industry standards. The alliance also includes technical cooper-ation activities aimed at defining pilot projects and national guidelines for the development and application of hydrogen in industry in developing Countries.

Eni and UNIDO sign a joint declaration to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ SDGs.



We have been working with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) since 2018, to promote water access in Nigeria through the construction of wells powered by photovoltaic systems, for domestic use and irrigation, contributing in particular to Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 13.

Eni and FAO: together for safe clean water in Nigeria.


In 2018, Eni and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at helping the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and, in particular, universal access to energy, activities to combat climate change and the protection, restoration and sustainable use of the planet's ecosystem (SDGs 7, 12 and 13). On 23 April 2021, Eni and UNDP in Kazakhstan signed a Cooperation Agreement to set up a project aimed at using renewable solar technology and improving energy efficiency in a secondary school located in the city of Turkistan in southern Kazakhstan.


Eni and UNESCO have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting local sustainable development through various areas of cooperation.

The introduction of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises the role that different members of the private sector - from micro-enterprises and cooperatives to multinationals - will play in the implementation of the new Agenda. In this regard, UNESCO and Eni intend to work on disaster risk reduction with the federal government of Tabasco, contributing to SDGs 4, 6, 11, 13, 15 and 17, through the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme. South-east Mexico has suffered the effects of severe hurricanes (Delta, Eta, Iota): floods, material and human losses. To mitigate the impacts of possible future natural disasters in Tabasco, we have developed a project on Water Security and Integrated Risk Management with the Regional Centre for Water Security (CERSHI), a specialized centre sponsored by UNESCO. Eni scientists will be able to contribute to capacity building and risk reduction, not only in Tabasco but also in other disaster-prone regions.

Find out the interview with Frédéric Vacheron, UNESCO representative in Mexico.

In collaboration with Eni, the most vulnerable and flood-affected communities will be identified to train local authorities and increase their capacity to effectively prevent, respond to and recover from the impacts of natural disasters

Frédéric Vacheron, UNESCO representative in Mexico

World Bank and GHACCO

We have been working with the World Bank and GHACCO (Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels) since 2020, to encourage the use of more efficient wood-burning stoves that reduce exposure to toxic fumes and prevent forest exploitation. In line with the Government of Ghana's strategy and SDG 7, these activities aim to ensure access to clean cooking technology for over 600 households in the western region and to promote awareness campaigns.


Women's empowerment is at the heart of partnerships signed in Angola with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the NGO Aid for People-to-People Development (ADPP) to promote economic diversification in rural areas as part of the Women's Global Development and Prosperity initiative.

In Angola, in partnership with ADPP, Eni also implements projects for access to energy from renewable sources for the renovation of 4 health centres in the province of Luanda, with the installation of photovoltaic energy production plants (total 21 KW) and for the training of medical and administrative personnel, for the maintenance and awareness of local communities on the importance of solar energy.


In Mexico, a Cooperation Agreement was signed with AVSI and the government of the State of Tabasco in 2020 to support the training and educational activities of teachers and students. Activities include the distribution of school materials to primary schools, skills development through courses and workshops and the involvement of local communities in educational activities.

As part of the projects to access energy from renewable sources, in Kenya, Eni is involved in the installation (OPV technology - Organic Photovoltaic Panels) in schools and other community structures.


The partnership with Eni began in 2020 with a business acceleration programme in Kenya and continued in 2022 with the signing of an agreement to collaborate on economic diversification, education and vocational training projects in Africa.

The Collaboration Agreement put in place with the E4Impact Foundation in 2020 aims to develop a business incubator in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of an initiative involving the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (UCSC) in Milan to promote entrepreneurship (especially among women) and youth employment and in doing so stimulate the international development of new businesses.

The business accelerator in Kenya.

Find out the Interview with Letizia Moratti, Regional Councillor for Welfare, Vice President of the Lombardy Region, President of the E4Impact Foundation.


One of the most important methods of intervention is precisely the development of new businesses, both in the agrifood sector and in the vast and varied range of ac-tivities linked to Eni through its supply chain

Letizia Moratti, Regional Councillor for Welfare, Vice President of the Lombardy Region, President of the E4Impact Foundation

Instituto superior Dom Bosco

In 2019, Eni Mozambique and the Instituto Superior Dom Bosco in Maputo signed a collaboration agreement for the implementation of a comprehensive vocational training plan at the industrial and commercial institute in Pemba. The four-year partnership offers certified training for trainers and provides scholarships for vocational courses, degrees, master's degrees and PhDs in technical-vocational disciplines.

GEA (Ghana Enterprise Agency)

In Ghana, collaborations have been put in place with the GEA - Ghanaian Entrepreneurship Agency (formerly NBSSI) for the entrepreneurial and managerial training of 800 people, mainly women and young people from 10 coastal communities in the western region, and with the Diocese of Secondi-Takoradi for vocational training courses and job placements for 90 girls from Nyakrom and nearby villages.


Eni has been supporting the Halo Trust's "100 Women in Demining" project in Angola since 2017, with the aim of providing women with job opportunities, training and the necessary skills in the demining sector, as well as contributing to the country's security.

Institute for Agronomic Investigation

In Angola, Eni has signed a cooperation agreement with the Institute for Agronomic Investigation and the Secretary of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Province of Cabinda to support small farmers affected by the pandemic with food security activities to improve crop quality with more productive and resistant varieties.

Politecnico di Milano

In collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano, Eni has developed different methodologies to measure its impact on areas, assessing the economic value its presence has brought and analysing the social benefits generated. The methodologies are defined in accordance with the metrics already used by international bodies and validated by research institutes and academics. The main tools developed are the Eni Local Content Evaluation (ELCE) Model and the Eni Impact Tool. The application of the ELCE model is spreading in an increasing number of geographical contexts and industrial sectors, in order to include areas of growing interest within Eni's energy transition strategy. It quantifies the Local Content of Eni's business activities in the local area in economic and employment terms. To date, the model has been applied to various projects: OCTP in Ghana, East Hub and West Hub, Quiluma & Maboqueiro in Angola, Zohr in Egypt, Coral South in Mozambique and Area 1 in Mexico, as well as the Italian operating sites in Ravenna (upstream/downstream), Sannazzaro de’ Burgondi (R&M) and Val d’Agri (upstream). The Eni Impact Tool measures the social, economic and environmental impact of local development projects on communities. The tool has been used for energy access projects in Congo (Central Électrique du Congo) and in communities in the Niger Delta (SDGs 4, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13).

Agricultural Faculty of the University of Milan

Eni collaborates with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Milan on different project activities and multiple field applications. In the Congo we are working to develop agro-livestock projects and support the activities of the Centre d'Appui Technique et Ressources Professionnelle (CATREP).

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