About us

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ARCO is a university centre offering research, consulting, and training services. With more than 10 years of experience in Local Development, Social Economy & Sustainability Management, Inclusive DevelopmentM&E and Impact Evaluation,  Circular Innovation & Sustainable Commodities and Behavioural Insights we combine scientific rigour and practical solutions.

We rely on the expertise of economists, statisticians, political scientists, sociologists, and commodity scientists, and embrace a multi-sector/multi-disciplinary approach. We operate at both the national and international level.

ARCO was founded in 2008 at PIN S.c.r.l. (Polo Universitario “Città di Prato”). It maintains strong connections with the Department of Economics and Management and the Department of Statistics, Informatics and Applications of the University of Florence. ARCO employs several highly respected experts and Professors in its Scientific Committee.

Additionally, ARCO supports the Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence, the first centre credited by the Yunus Centre in Dhaka, a prominent organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.


Our mission is to provide scientific and operational support to public institutions, non-profit organizations, and other enterprises that want to have a positive impact on society. Our activities are designed to foster sustainable development.


Simply put, we offer a wide variety of services. Organizations can rely on us for action research, designing and planning interventions, evaluating results, communication, and project implementation. This allows our clients to reduce the costs of coordinating for more than one service provider.