Gennaro Di NAPOLI
People in developing countries are not in the position to improve their lives by their own means. The lack of access to basic services, precarious economic conditions and social inequalities give these populations little opportunity for development.
My past working experience in diverse contexts (in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia) taught me that local communities are the most aware about their needs. By listening to communities, by working together and by supplying them with the required technical know-how and financial resources, we believe we can ensure sustainability and a constructive impact to our humanitarian programs.
A gender oriented project design is a crucial aspect of any planned intervention by IPSO. Women are often the most oppressed by poverty, but we believe that the fundamental role they play in societies make them the key actors to achieve a more equitable world.
In order to meet the challenges of this century, IPSO will stay attentive, creative and open to change.
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Our operatives are called on a project basis, and their affiliation lasts as long as their involvement in the project activities does. That said, most of them have pledged a long-term commitment with IPSO and we are happy to see them applying again and again. The team is characterised by highly diversified features of gender, age, social background and ethnic belonging. We intend to represent as many perspectives as possible, so as to come up with multi-angled, unbiased project approaches that deeply draw from our inter-disciplinary field expertise.
There are three categories of operatives:
- the field specialists, who are in charge of operations in the field. They must have a minimum field experience of 5 years, with diverse responsibilities;
- the data specialists, who back up project’s activities remotely from one of our stations;
- the volunteers, who offer their time and willingness to collaborate while acquiring new professional skills.
All operatives work together as a team, and they are all simultaneously present in each project.
To take advantage of the inter-disciplinarity feature of IPSO, volunteers come also from our Research Centre, usually being students and early-career researchers, who will maximise their academic experience and careers by adding first-hand experience in the field.
These are the areas of focus of our division:
- health, medical care, and welfare;
- social education;
- community development;
- rural and mountainous areas development;
- environmental preservation;
- community safety;
- human rights and peace;
- international cooperation;
- sound nurturing of youth;
- sustainable economic development;
- employment opportunities and vocational skills;
- counselling, support and collaboration with organisations operating in any of the above-mentioned areas of focus.
We primarily operate in developing countries, although recently we are receiving more frequent requests for activities in more economically developed countries, particularly in the fields of integration, social disparity issues and disaster relief operations.