CISP for the Development of the People PDF Print


Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli – CISP (International Committee for the Development of Peoples) is an Non-governmental organization established in Rome in 1983, to engage against the impact of poverty and denied rights worldwide.

Eradicating poverty, creating the conditions which are necessary for development, building paths for reconstruction, and providing support in emergency situations are CISP’s core objectives.

CISP has been active in over 30 countries worldwide: in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The Head Office is located in Rome, with regional offices throughout Italy and in its countries of operation.


CISP’s activities around the world


In order to achieve its objectives, CISP implements humanitarian, rehabilitation and development projects throughout the world.

CISP’s emergency and humanitarian aid activities focus on the protection of refugees, returnees and displaced people, on the promotion of health education and services, and on the implementation of disaster preparedness plans.


CISP’s development projects aim to fight poverty and include activities for: the promotion of rural development and food security; the provision of rural and urban health care, education and training; the support to peace initiatives, natural resources management and environmental protection; the assistance to commercial enterprises and micro-credit.

In Italy and Europe, CISP's work focuses mainly on awareness campaigns, training and information programmes, fight against social exclusion and racism, educational campaigns on development, intercultural education programmes and promotion of international solidarity.


See CISP Annual Report 2010.
To know more, visit CISP HQ Website.



From poverty to dignity: inspiring principles of CISP’s intervention

At the heart of CISP’s action is the belief that access to primary goods and services, food and resources and a dignified life are inalienable rights of every individual. CISP’s intervention is inspired by the wish to ensure these inalienable rights are achieved, and in particular:

1. Right to social and economic security: CISP believes that economic development is a pathway to liberation from poverty to dignity. To help people achieve this inalienable right, CISP promotes projects involving income generating activities, and assists people attempting to escape extreme poverty or who are forced to migrate by conflicts and persecutions. CISP’s effort is directed also against hunger and malnutrition, to guarantee every person access to adequate quantity of healthy and nourishing food (food security);

2. Right to health care and access to water: Water is an essential resource for people’s wellbeing and an adequate healthcare is a fundamental human right. The actions of CISP aim to extend the access to safe drinking water and to improve the health conditions of the most vulnerable and less protected population;

3. Right to a future: CISP’s commitment originates from the idea that protecting and supporting children’s and adolescents’ rights to grow and develop, as well as protecting and improving the environment, represent an investment in the future of a society and of the planet on a global scale;

4. Right to humanitarian assistance: CISP’s humanitarian activities are guided by the principle that every individual and community has the right to protection, to integrity and to dignity;

5. Support to the civil society and to public policies for social cohesion: Poverty and social exclusion are often the result of deep inequalities between individuals and social groups. The action of CISP in these sectors starts from the awareness that governments, local communities and authorities are the main parties responsible for the development of their territories.


See CISP Declaration of Intents “For rights and against Poverty”.

See CISP's Policies.





The presentation of the information in this website in no way represents the expression of a political opinion whatsoever on the part of CISP. Country, region, district and community names are used solely for ease of reference and do not indicate a political or territorial preference.The geographical names transcription is the one in use by UNOCHA.