Agosti Giacomo

Graduated in Materials Engineering at the University of Trento, since 2001 Giacomo Agosti has spent many years working on development and humanitarian aid projects all over the world (Kosovo, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Palestine, Sri Lanka).

In 2008 he joined Cesvi Headquarter with the role of Project Cycle Management Advisor. Among his duties, to program, identify, design, implement and evaluate Cesvi programmes in all the 25 countries of intervention.

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Theory of Change
More and more, policies, strategies and programs for development are required to have clear, measurable impacts on people’s life. More and more, impact is intended as long term, durable changes in people’s behaviors and/or in their institutions. How can people conceive long-term changes and identify the conditions they believe have to unfold for those changes to be achieved? How this process can be structured into a method, and become a powerful tool in designing, managing and monitoring programs for development? The ToC tries to provide an answer to these questions, and the course aims at providing an overview of key concepts and methods behind ToC development.


MEAL: Monitoring & Evaluation for Accountability and Learning
The MDGs, first, and the SDGs, now, have joined international cooperation actors under common challenges and shared targets. All international cooperation projects are thus required to achieve tangible results. Progresses towards results must be tracked and measured, holding organizations responsible towards their achievements. The achievements themselves must be assessed and disseminated, using a common language and standard, to inform other actors on what works and what doesn’t work within the SDGs challenges. Enjoy your M.E.A.L.:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation in Result Based Management
  • Monitoring of activities
  • Monitoring of results
  • Data collection methods and tools
  • Evaluation criteria and process
  • Dissemination of what has been learnt


The Challenge of Hunger (taught with L. Albani)
Economic, social and health issues are interconnected in the fight against global hunger as well as political instability, conflict, and climate change. Actions are not effective if they are not included in a holistic process of analysis, which includes policies, international reports and organizations’ results. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is one of them and presents a multidimensional measure of hunger at the global, regional, national levels showing long-term progress in reducing hunger. The course focuses on the EU policies on food and nutrition security, with a special attention to DG DEVCO and DG ECHO Food and Nutrition Security Policies. Besides the EU, other actors, with new approaches and methods, are populating the international cooperation to fight against hunger, calling for new partnerships among stakeholders and involving the private sector. These new actors are introduced, and finally a development project for agricultural development, financed by DEVCO to Cesvi in Zimbabwe, is presented to students, reconciling the “old” policies and new approaches with a practical example.



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