ARCS - Arcs Arci Cultura e Sviluppo


ARCS Arci Cultura e Sviluppo is an Italian Ngo. It is part of Arci, a national association for social promotion founded in 1957. The history and the values of ARCI have their roots in the 19th century tradition of mutual solidarity and people’s self-organizing capacity. At present ARCI has about 5.600 clubs and 1.100.000 members in the whole country.

The commitment for international cooperation and solidarity, childhood and youth, social promotion of women, peace and justice, marks out ARCS’ approach. ARCS is also engaged in emergency situations in conflict areas. European Voluntary Service for young people is among ARCS’ main fields of work, as well as international work camps and traineeship projects abroad for young European students.

Both ARCS and ARCI are funded through decentralized cooperation, public Italian and European funds, private donors. In its methods, context, partners and approach ARCS aims at promoting relationships among Southern and Northern communities.

ARCS promotes international cooperation projects in many sectors, such as: agriculture, post-war reconstruction, health and social care, gender issues, childhood and refugees.

Since its creation, ARCS has been carrying out activities in Latin America (mainly: Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Haiti), Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, OPT), Afghanistan,  Africa (Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Cameroon, Senegal) and North Africa (Morocco and Tunisia), Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania), tailoring actions to the socio economic needs of local communities.

Besides the international cooperation action, ARCS and Arci promote international solidarity stages and camps abroad. Work and volunteer camps were held in Brazil, Nicaragua, Colombia, Bolivia, Cuba, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, Algerian Desert (Saharawi people), Serbia, Bosnia, Lebanon and Palestine. Since 2007, ARCS promotes photography workshops in Brazil and among the Saharawi people.

In Italy, ARCS and Arci are engaged in education to globalism and peace, and for the rights of migrants. ARCS also promotes Education to Development Programs, in collaboration with significant Italian organization as Cespi – Center of Studies for International Policy, Banca Etica and Ethimos, ACLI, Ucodep, WWF Italy.

Contact data

via dei Monti di Pietralata, 16
+39 06 41609500
+39 06 41609214
Contact Person
Daniele Lorenzi
Tel: (0039) 0641609500

Organisation details

Fields of work
development cooperationeducationcultural activitiesintegration
developmentculture, education, global issues, decent work, health, peace, water
Memberships in networks
AOI Association of Italian organizations of cooperation and international solidarityCONCORD Italia – the European NGO confederation for relief and developmentPiattaforma ONG Italiane in Medio Oriente e Mediterraneo – the Italian NGO platform in the Middle East and the MediterraneanIID - Italian Donation InstituteExpo dei Popoli (Expo of the Peoples) Committee “Triulza” FoundationSOLIDAR – European network of NGOs working to advance social justice in Europe and the world Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)Trade Game – Italian Observatory on International Trade Afgana Forum SaD - Permanent forum for distance support CISA – Italian Committee for Food SovereigntySocial Watch - Observatory on the implementation of Italian policies relating to the issues of combating social exclusion and gender equality Cooperazione Lazio – Lazio CooperationCCCDR – Citizens’ Committee for Decentralized Cooperation of the City of Rome Osservatorio Romano sulle Azioni Contro la Povertà – Roman Observatory on Action Against PovertyGCAP – Italian Coalition Against Poverty CGE – Italian Coalition of the Global Campaign for Education Campagna Zero Zero Cinque – Zero Zero Five Campaign“Lavori in Corsa” – Italian Campaign on CEDAW (the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) to advance gender equality Campagna Biblioteche Solidali – Libraries Solidarity Campaign
Legal status

Languages & Countries

Main operation languages
ItalianEnglishFrenchSpanish; CastilianPortuguese
Countries working in currently
ItalyAfghanistanAlbaniaBosnia and HerzegovinaBrazilCameroonColombiaCroatiaCubaDominican RepublicHaitiJordanKosovoLebanonMoroccoMozambiquePalestinian Territory, OccupiedRwandaSenegalSyrianSerbiaTanzaniaTunisia
Countries of interest