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How We are organised

The ActionAid Switzerland Association was incorporated on 18 February 2013, in Lugano, with the aim of combating poverty and social exclusion in all parts of the world.

Our added value

ActionAid is an international federation with 45 offices worldwide and presence in 70 countries.

As a global federation, ActionAid can take action in a number of local contexts worldwide, guaranteeing technical expertise and a solid experience in far-reaching projects.

ActionAid Switzerland is part of this network and can ensure efficient project implementation thanks to long-established procedures, transparency and full compliance.

We have been in Switzerland since 2013, legally established as ActionAid Switzerland Association, based in Lugano, and registered with the Ticino Trade Register. The ActionAid Switzerland Association is governed by a Steering Committee and a Members' Meeting and subject to limited audit.


Giulio Gianetti. He is the legal representative of the association and ensures the fulfilment of all administrative and legal obligations. Appointed by the Steering Committee, the Chairperson is formally elected by the Shareholders' Meeting. His mandate has a duration of 3 years. He presides over the Steering Committee and the Shareholders’ Meeting, which he convenes and coordinates.

Steering Committee

Giulio Gianetti (Chairperson) - Marco De Ponte - Atalanti Moquette - Sara Bertolai - Andrea Gronda. The body that manages the association and decides on the admission of new members. It must consist of a minimum of one to a maximum of five members, who remain in office for 3 years, extendable by a further term. As required by ActionAid International's Governance Manual, one of the members of the Steering Committee is a representative of the international federation. By statute, the Steering Committee meets at least once every 6 months and is convened by the Chairperson or by the majority of its members.

Shareholders’ Meeting

ActionAid International Italia Onlus - Giulio Gianetti (Chairperson) - Marco De Ponte - Atalanti Moquette - Sara Bertolai - Andrea Gronda. The highest body of the association and, as such, decides its political and programmatic strategies, identifying the general guidelines and goals deemed necessary to achieve the statutory objectives. It meets at least once a year to approve the financial statements and each time a motivated request is submitted. The Shareholders’ Meeting is convened with the presence of at least half plus one of the members and passes resolutions with the majority of votes of those present. Each member has the right to one vote.



The auditor is elected annually by the Shareholders’ Meeting to check the association’s accounts. Currently, the auditor is the Trust Company Consultancy Siron SA.