Un altro dei pilastri inerenti la Cattedra Jean Monnet RETHINKING THE EU TRADE POLICY FOR DEVELOPMENT/ REUTRADE consisterà:

in un Laboratorio di Impresa cooperativa nella progettazione per lo sviluppo in collaborazione con LegaCoop tenuto dalla prof. Ottolenghi nell’ambito del corso di Politica Economica Internazionale e Sviluppo (prof. D’Errico) tenuto presso la Facoltà di Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Sociologia e Comunicazione della Sapienza Università di Roma;


Laboratory on

EU Cooperation Project Designing for Cooperatives in Development (3 cfu)

within the  Jean Monnet Chair

Rethinking the EU trade policy for development (REUTRADE)

Ref: 587814-EPP-1-2017-1-IT-EPPJMO-CHAIR

This course is primarily devoted to the students of the MSc Programme on Economics for Development but welcomes all European and Overseas Erasmus+ English speaking visiting students, as well as other La Sapienza students from the sector.




The European Union action as Global Partner pays more and more attention to the role of the private sector in the local development dynamics. A special role is recognized to the Cooperative enterprises as inclusive business affecting rural development, inclusive growth, quality job creation and poverty reduction, as recently reaffirmed in the New European Consensus on Development. The key role of inclusive business enterprises emerged in particular in the debate on the impact of International Trade Policies and their coherence with the Development Cooperation Policies.


For this reason, the European Union Programmes for External Cooperation are more frequently opening funding opportunities that give priorities to project proposals including the creation or improvement of inclusive business – and in particular cooperative enterprises – in the Partner Countries.


The capacity of future development cooperation practitioners of handling the “Cooperative Enterprise” as tool for international development, and accessing the suitable European Union funding opportunities, demands for specific competencies to be acquired and skills to be trained. This is the scope of this Laboratory in “EU Cooperation Project Designing for Cooperatives in Development”.


Training Objectives:

This Laboratory is specifically aimed at raising awareness, interest and ability of students to apply to EU funding opportunities for the External Action, for boosting the creation and development of cooperative enterprises in third countries.


This will allow the students to understand how the different EU policies (in particular Trade and Development ones) can be coherently turned into concrete actions supporting the private sector development in DCs. Thanks to a specific agreement between Sapienza and Legacoop (Italian association among cooperative enterprises) this Laboratory will be carried out by external practitioners and experts.


Content of the Laboratory:

The Laboratory is mainly structured as practical working sessions for the elaboration of a project proposal for responding to a real Call for Proposals issued by the EU within its External Action (within the funds DCI, ENI, EDF or IPA). The Project proposals elaborated by the students of the last 3 Academic Years were actually submitted to the European Commission, and they were selected for granting.


The practical exercise will be anticipated by frontal lessons introducing the basics of the following:

  • The European Union financial instruments for international development cooperation;
  • Main features of the EU Programmes and Calls for Proposals for external action;
  • Project elements and Project Cycle Management;
  • Project designing tools and forms (Application Form, Logical Framework, Budget, etc)
  • Basic features, principles and functioning of the Cooperative Enterprises;
  • Cooperative enterprises movement in EU and in Third Countries and their contribution to Sustainable Development Goals;


The seminar on 30th May at Legacoop will gather practitioners and experts of the sector, for debating with students on the potential role of cooperatives in the international development policies, and introduce practical success cases of projects boosting the private sector in third Countries, through the synergies between NGOs, cooperatives and international organizations.

The Laboratory will be in English.



The total duration is 24 hours, structured as follows:

  • Every Thursday form 5th April to the 24th Mayfrom 12:00 to 14:00 in the Room 304

(Faculty of Political Science -Città Universitaria);


Final test and Attribution of the Credits

A final written elaboration will have to be produced by participants for demonstrating the acquisition of the competences. The students attending at least 20 hours and passing successfully the test will obtain 3 credits (CFU).


Teaching Material 


Francesca Ottolenghi