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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
03 December 2019
6 min read
byEni Staff
03 December 2019
6 min read

A common heritage

Faced with increasingly complex global events, such as climate change and migratory flows, we have chosen to extend the scope of our development initiatives, going beyond the boundaries of our operational areas and building alliances with leading internationally recognised partners in surrounding regions. This joint action and sharing of knowledge contributes to improving the living conditions of people in the countries in which we have a presence – and is in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda.

It is an enormous challenge that requires the universal support of governments, international organisations, the private sector, investment funds, universities, research centres, co-operation and faith-based organisations – all of whom understand the fragility and needs of the people in the places where we operate.

As Alberto Piatti, executive vice president of Eni’s Responsible and Sustainable Enterprise Unit, explains: “The partnerships are a powerful way to share experience, technical knowledge, working methods and economic and social resources. This is fundamental to implementing long-term development initiatives.” In this sense, “Public-private partnerships (PPP) give the private sector a new role that, jointly with other parties, can support real ‘sustainable development’ in line with SDG 17.”

With such a big challenge, we must be united in our response, seeking out common goals and values. We believe it is essential, and would garner better results, if the development initiatives were implemented with more involvement on the part of key players: governments, society, international bodies, the private sector, investment funds.


Examples of our partnerships in sustainable development

The partnerships we have developed over the years are broad and varied, both with regard to the types of activities involved and the areas and countries in which we work. We have established partnerships with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). We are also sponsors of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the Musée du Cercle Africain in Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo.


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.


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).

Milan Polytechnic

In collaboration with Milan Polytechnic, Eni has developed different methodologies to measure its impact on certain areas, assessing the economic value of its presence 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 Eni’s business activities in a certain area in economic and employment terms. To date, the model has been applied to various projects: OCTP in Ghana, East Hub and West Hub in Angola, Zohr in Egypt, 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 the Republic of Congo (Centrale Électrique du Congo) and in communities in the Niger Delta (in line with SDGs 4, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13).

Agricultural Faculty of the University of Milan

In the Republic of Congo, we are working  – in partnership with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Milan –  to develop agro-livestock projects and support the activities of the Centre d’Appui Technique et Ressources Professionnelles (CATREP). In Mozambique, we have launched a collaboration to develop an agro-livestock programme in the Cabo Delgado area. In Ghana, we are working to support social programme activities. In Val D’Agri in Italy, we are supporting the development of the Lucano agri-food sector (In line with SDGs 1, 2, 7 and 8).

From dignity of the person to human rights

Eni cares about people’s lives. Today’s business model honours the origins of our company, protecting the values of Eni’s people and, more generally, of host countries in which we operate. Long-term partnerships with relevant bodies and international organisations have been established to face the various challenges encountered: from energy access to education, from hunger to food security, from economic diversification to the protection of the environment, the ecosystem and the rights of peoples and communities. These partnerships strive to improve dignity on an individual level, but also improve the understanding and protection of human rights generally and the sharing of learnings and best practices.

HALO Trust

In 2019, Eni renewed its partnership with the Halo Trust, the largest humanitarian organisation dedicated to clearing landmines. We are working together in Angola to reclaim 45,000m2 of land in the province of Benguela and to construct its first school building (in line with SDGs 1, 3, 5 and 13).