How We Work

Fondazione CON IL SUD operates through three main tools, in the six regions of Southern Italy:

  • “Exemplary” projects
    Initiatives whose innovative content, organisations involved, impact and territorial significance can turn them into benchmarks for social infrastructure.
  • Community foundations
    Non-profit entities that are the “expression” of local realities, whose capacity to raise funds to be invested for social purposes in the local territory represents an extraordinary subsidiarity. Absent from the Southern Italian panorama until 2009, the first five community foundations were established in Salerno, in Messina, two in Naples and in Val di Noto (Sicily), with the support of Fondazione CON IL SUD.
  • Volunteer programmes and networks
    Inzitiatives meant to strengthen the impact of the volunteer networks already operating in the territory.


Ongoing Monitoring

In its seven years of activity, the Foundation has constantly monitored the progress of the initiatives financed, offering support to the ones underway and controlling the effects of the ones concluded through direct contacts with project managers, inspections and field visits.

The monitoring and assessment process of the financed projects is both a manifestation of attention towards the contribution recipients and an act of responsibility and guarantee towards stakeholders as regards the correct use of resources and achievement of the Foundation’s institutional purposes.

By targeting the great local potential, the Foundation has stimulated the exploitation of intangible elements such as good faith, cooperation, responsibility, human capital – all fundamental pieces to strengthen the social infrastructure of the “Mezzogiorno”.

The results were not long in coming: giving lie to some clichés, Southern Italy proved to be lively, enterprising and protagonist, responsible; and it has all it takes to try out and pursue independent paths of growth and redemption.

Other News

10 May 2017

Biodiversity in the urban park of Lama Balice

Lama Balice is different from the other Apulian regional protected areas which are specifically and geographically isolated, in fact, gaining the morphology of “hybrid Park”, it can expand the meshes of ecological networks around a strong man-made core like the Metropolitan City of Bari, strongly influencing urban development.

24 October 2016

Italian Professor Receives Fulbright Foundation for Southern Italy Award

Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, a visiting assistant professor of Italian in the Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences was recently awarded one of four Fulbright, Fondazione CON IL SUD (Foundation for Southern Italy) awards.

19 September 2016

A multicultural store in Southern Italy

Its name is “Open” and it’s a new special store that promotes intercultural exchange between small foreign traders and local partners through work and social cooperation.

2 March 2016

Jobs for refugees in Godfather country

D.r.a.g.o.” is a project which is giving work and hope in Sicily for people coming from wor-torn countries. The project is promoted by the Association Laboratorio della Legalità and it is supported by Fondazione CON IL SUD. The story on the British newspaper The Guardian.

6 November 2015

Carlo Borgomeo: Build a better South

The problems of Southern Italy (the so called “Mezzogiorno”) are old, but, nevertheless, always new. Are we sure that conventional ideas about the Mezzogiorno are still valid – after so many years of policy failures? Carlo Borgome on Myrrha.

20 January 2015

Parco dei Paduli to the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe

“Parco dei Paduli” is located in a centuries-old olive grove of 5500 hectares in the district of Lecce and it has been selected by the Italian “Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo” to represent the country at the IV edition of the “Landscape Award of the Council of Europe”.

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