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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
11 May 2020
11 min read
by Eni Staff
11 May 2020
11 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.

We often talk about long-term vision, circular economy, about the need to find a new development model fit for human beings. Never before has it been possible to experience how solidarity among people and communities – and not mere profit – is the key to guarantee a future for the next generations

Claudio Descalzi, Eni For 2019

Our partnerships for Sustainable Development. Some examples.

In this area, we have developed partnerships with international agencies and organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank (WB). In addition, we have built relationships and collaborations with Italian and European institutions, financial organisations and development banks, civil society organisations, faith based organisations, universities and research centres.

“The Goals were adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, but the foundations for success were laid earlier, during the United Nations Conference in Addis Ababa (July 2015). It was there that the private sector was seen for the first time as a fundamental partner for their achievement. In this sense, civil society organisations, and the public and private sectors must be able to work together (SDG17) to bring this “human dignity narrative” to life - as former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said when presenting the SDGs - without leaving anyone behind".
Card. Peter K. A. Turkson, Card. Peter K. A. Turkson, President of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Eni for 2019 Long-term carbon neutrality

Vatican Dialogues on Energy Transition

Eni was one of the parties from the world of energy and investment funds who attended the Vatican Dialogues on Energy Transition and care of our Common Home held in the Vatican in June 2018 and 2019, by Notre Dame University and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Technology serving change

“Private companies can bring about technological change, invest, share know-how, demonstrate sustainable practices, improve local skills, support professional training and facilitate market access through their supply chains. With its business-oriented mandate, UNIDO has a long tradition of partnerships with private companies, based not on charity or philanthropy, but on aligning business objectives with those of development”.
Li Yong, UNIDO Director General, Eni for 2019


On 17 July 2019, Eni and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) signed a joint declaration to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This involves activities aimed at improving youth employment and the value of the agri-food chain and the renewable energy and energy-efficiency sectors, with a particular focus on the African continent.

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


Eni has been working with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) since 2018 to promote access to water in Nigeria through the construction of wells powered by photovoltaic systems. This is with regard to both domestic use and irrigation, in line with SDGs 1, 2, 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 supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular: universal access to clean energy; activities to combat climate change; and the protection, restoration and sustainable use of the planet’s ecosystems (SDGs 7, 12 and 13).


Partnership for the opening of the Musée du Cercle Africain (2018) - the first Pointe-Noire Museum in the Congo - to promote and enhance African culture and art, with particular emphasis on new generations and participation in the first Biennial of Luanda, Angola - the Pan African Forum for Peace (18th-22nd September 2019).

World Bank

We have been working with the World Bank since 2020, developing initiatives to promote the use of more efficient wood-fuelled stoves with a view to reducing both exposure to toxic fumes and the exploitation of forests. The planned actions will be based on an innovative model of cooperation (multilateral public-private) and contribute to the Government of Ghana's strategy for ensuring universal access to modern, clean and secure energy sources by 2030.


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

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.

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. ELCE 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). In Mozambique we have launched a collaboration to implement an agro-livestock programme in the Cabo Delgado area. In Ghana we are working to support social programme activities. In Italy, in Val D’Agri, we are supporting the development of the Lucano agri-food sector (SDGs 1, 2, 7 and 8).

The partnership has also helped to develop methodologies for assessing the impact of agricultural development projects and their application in rural contexts as part of our operations on the ground, such as the assessment of the Green River Project in Nigeria over the 2013-2018 period.

The Mediterranean challenges

“We need to work alongside the least developed countries, really get to know them, talk to their institutions and local communities, let them help us to understand the development obstacles and help to overcome them, not from a purely assistance logic but with resources and skills as a common factor”.
C. Descalzi, Mediterranean. The challenge is development, Avvenire, 5 gennaio 2020

From dignity of the person to human rights

We care about people's lives, and our current business model, which reflects the company’s original characteristics, has given rise to a cooperative model that takes into account the value of Eni's people and, more generally, of the countries in which it operates. This approach, as we have seen, has resulted in a number of collaborations that have been wide-reaching in terms of both territory and action, from access to energy to education, from economic diversification to food security, from access to water, health and sanitation, from protecting the environment and ecosystems to the rights of the peoples and communities concerned.  These partnerships are designed not only to promote a sense of personal dignity but also to improve the understanding and protection of human rights and the sharing of lessons learned and best practices in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the 10 principles of the Global Compact.

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