Italy’s youth struggles to enter development arena

A local staff from Cesvi, an Italian non-government organization, distributes food in Eastern Congo in 2002. Photo by: Cesvi

Like many other recent university graduates in Italy, Annalisa Addis struggled to kick-start her career in international development. She had already completed one of Italy’s most prominent master’s programs in the field and served as a volunteer for the government’s civil service in Angola.

“My mates and I experienced some difficulties in getting a first assignment, even a three-month unpaid internship,” the 27-year-old said. “I remember I was told I was too young and too inexperienced, but in my opinion experienced people should be paid for their work.”

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  • Tiziana Cauli

    Tiziana has contributed to Devex News since mid-2008, focusing mainly on Africa as well as the European donor landscape, especially those in Brussels, Rome and Barcelona. Tiziana has worked as a journalist for Reuters and the Associated Press in Johannesburg and at Reuters in Milan and Paris. She is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish.