25 years and more
Our work started in 1981 with the foundation of the Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS), a women's group and non-governmental organization for development cooperation. In 1992, AIDOS was authorized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to manage public funds for the implementation of development cooperation projects.
Right from the start, AIDOS has worked in developing countries, in Italy and with international organizations to build, promote and defend the rights, dignity, well-being and progress of women everywhere. From one project and campaign to another, AIDOS works in partnership with local organizations and institutions to provide women and their organizations with instruments from the areas of experience of the women’s movement in Italy that have been most successful.
The AIDOS approach is based on the ongoing dialogue and partnership with women’s and non-governmental organizations worldwide, based on the roots and the Italian women’s movement. AIDOS also does important work in collaboration with the United Nations system: AIDOS hold special consultant status with ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council of the United Nations), and is the Italian focal point for INSTRAW (United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women) and UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund).