The Group is increasingly attentive to the evaluation of benefits and the impact of its investments in favour of the community.
The non-profit partner organisations benefiting from the donations are asked to indicate the expected benefits of the community projects supported by the Group, with measurable indicators whose results are monitored over time.
In 2014 we identified the need to extend the London Benchmarking Group approach from inputs only (contributions to the community) to benefits and to the impact (what was done, results achieved and changes) for a number of select initiatives; for more information, see the 2015 Community Book. 

PROJECT MALAWI

After 9 years, the international cooperation project known as Project Malawi came to an end in 2014. Launched in 2005 by Intesa Sanpaolo and Fondazione Cariplo, the main scope of the initiative was to fight AIDS, starting from the prevention of the virus transmission from mother to child and combining healthcare with targeted actions aimed at limiting the impact of the disease on the population and relaunching the country’s economy. The integrated approach included the involvement of four partners in various fields: healthcare (Community of Sant’Egidio with the DREAM protocol), local development and micro-finance (CISP), care for orphans and vulnerable children (Save the Children) and education and prevention (Malawi MAGGA and SAM Scouts). Over the last three years, upon strong pressure by the Bank and the Foundation, the associations worked to obtain an even higher level of involvement among communities and local authorities so as to allow the population to take full control of Project Malawi activities and to encourage autonomous continuation of the initiative following the end of the partnership. The main results achieved over these years include: the opening of 4 medical laboratories and 9 specialised care centres, to which 7 maternity wards are linked; over 7,600 healthy babies born from HIV-positive mothers; over 18,000 pregnant women who received a medical check-up and took an HIV test (of which over 8,500 HIV-positive treated at the health centres); approximately 16,600 patients having received assistance at the end of the programme and over 24,700 subject to antiretroviral therapy.

Assessment of the impact of the contribution to Project Malawi in 20141

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1. The data refers to a one-year period of Project Malawi, in particular the period between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014, end date for the project.