The Tuscan System of International Cooperation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Title Il Sistema toscano di Cooperazione Internazionale per l’Agenda 2030 per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile

Location Tuscany

Duration 2019-2020

Partner ANCI Toscana

Funding Direzione Affari Internazionali della Regione Toscana



The Tuscan regional government has always been characterised by its attention to Sustainable Development issues and fosters an integrated and multilevel planning. For this reason, the Tuscan regional government has involved ARCO to carry out a research aimed at increasing the awareness of the local actors on their key role in the promotion of Sustainable Development, improving their knowledge on how to plan, implement and monitor strategies, policies and initiatives aimed at the pursuit of the SDGs at local and international level.

The Regional Strategy for Sustainable Development must be coherent with the programming for International Cooperation, so that they can both work towards the same goals. In this perspective, the role of the Tuscan System of International Cooperation – that involves public, private and social actors based in Tuscany and working in the world of development cooperation – is particularly relevant if we think about the importance of the local actors in the Decentralised Cooperation.


General objective

The report “The Tuscan System of International Co-operation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” therefore presents the research results carried out in collaboration with ANCI Toscana. It aims at understanding how the Tuscan System of International Cooperation contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by analysing its strengths and criticalities, as well as its opportunities and future priorities. This analysis is also intended at providing the basis for future regional programming for International Cooperation and SGs localization.


Our contribution

The research was carried out between May and September 2020, and was divided in the following phases:

  • 1. Analysis of previous documents and reports produced at regional, national and international level
  • 2. Selection of a sample of local actors to involve in data collection;
  • 3. Semi-structured interviews differentiated according to the categories of subjects.
  • 4. Online questionnaire addressed to all Tuscan Municipalities in collaboration with ANCI Toscana;
  • 5. Processing and interpretation of the information collected and drafting of the report.

The data collected allowed to identify and discuss both the strengths and weaknesses, as well as the opportunities and future priorities of the Tuscan System of International Co-operation. Researcher also elaborated recommendations for its valorisation, through the reference framework of the 2030 Agenda and a new integated planning consistent with the Regional Strategy for Sustainable Development.

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