Institute for Relations between Italy and Africa, Latin America, and the Middle
and Far East (IPALMO)
IPALMO is an international, non-profit-making research institute established in
Rome in 1971 to address political and economic developments in Africa, Latin America
and the Middle East as well as economic problems related to globalization.
IPALMO's tasks include raising awareness in Italy of African, Latin American and
Asian affairs, stimulating debate on Italy's foreign and development policy in relation
to the developing world.
The Institute's main areas of interest and research are inter alia (remove), regional
integration processes in Latin America, Africa and the Middle Eastern Mediterranean
countries; their relationship with the European Union; their economic integration
with special reference to MERCOSUR and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership; and the
internationalization of small-and medium-scale (remove) enterprises (SME) in developing
countries. IPALMO has organized conferences and seminars both at national and international
levels on each of these themes.
IPALMO has carried out initiatives in conjunction with a number of bodies: the Directorate
General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
the European Commission; the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU); both lower and upper
Houses of the Italian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies and Senate); several UN agencies,
as well as with Italian universities and private organizations.
The Institute's membership covers a broad cultural spectrum, and includes business
analysts, community leaders and university professors.
Aims and Activities
IPALMO aims at promoting and developing Italy's international political, economic
and cultural relations, including Europe's economic and institutional integration
processes. It equally aims at engaging in research and cultural activities, organizing
conferences, workshops and training activities, including specific courses for public
and private operators. IPALMO publishes books on specific themes as well as its
own journal, "Politica Internazionale", with the overall objective of promoting
and developing international economic and cultural relations with other countries.
IPALMO'S global objective is to build awareness in Italy and around the world of
socio-political and economic conditionsin developing countries. To this end, the
Institute stimulates debate among political forces and civil society on the specific
role of Italy's foreign policy, in general, and international development co-operation.
IPALMO supports research in these areas BY, providing documentary and technical
support for research studies.
IPALMO has performed a wide range of activities, as follows:
- Networking and Co-ordination of Research in collaboration with national and international
organisations and institutions, research centres and universities;
- Management of a Data Centre, Archive and Library on current world events in IPALMO's
areas of interest;
- Publication of the bi-monthly Journal "Politica Internazionale";
- Organisation of conferences and meetings at the national and international levels;
- Publication and dissemination of research findings.