In order to improve the effectiveness of local development initiatives in the Countries where it operates, in 2013 eni submitted a four-year strategic partnership with the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The scientific approach of the Earth Institute is based on meticulous monitoring and evaluation systems that can be used to assist in project planning, in order to ensure accurate progress monitoring and measure the effective benefits brought to the community.

The purpose of the Monitoring and Evaluation System is to support those executing the project by giving them a clear picture of the initial situation in the communities in question, to enable them to identify the key parameters for monitoring progress and to assess the impact of the projects in terms of effective sustainable development.

With regard to partnerships, in 2013 joint operations were officially launched in Congo to develop a monitoring and evaluation system to assess the effectiveness of the IHP project and its contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Earth Institute will provide training for all the professionals involved in managing the project and monitor activities through periodic data collection.

eni has set up a partnership with the Earth Institute to monitor and assess the impact of the projects.

An inclusive and sustainable intervention strategy: The Integrated Hinda Project

The Integrated Hinda Project (IHP) is an example of excellence in the cooperation strategy implemented by eni in the Countries where it operates to promote the development of the communities surrounding its onshore facilities. The IHP, a four year project launched at the end of 2011, recorded significant medium-term results in 2013 in priority intervention areas (health, education, access to drinking water, agriculture, capacity building and community participation), achieving a level of global progress of more than 55%, in line with the targets set.

The interventions to facilitate access to energy and to promote the involvement of women in training and raising awareness activities are integral parts of the project.

Table: The Integrated Hinda Project

The Integrated Hinda Project




Primary education

  • 5 primary schools refurbished and equipped with educational materials
  • 4 schools in the process of being refurbished
  • 5 schools involved in activities to increase hygiene-health awareness
  • 5 schools involved in capacity building activities directed at local teachers
  • 850 meals a day provided

Access to water and energy

  • Analyses performed on the quality of the water provided by the wells built as part of the project
  • Training and raising awareness activities on managing the water supply through a local NGO (IPHD)
  • 12 water wells built, 4 of which electric and powered by solar panels

Community health

  • 1 community health centre renovated and equipped with medical equipment and supplies
  • 4 community health centres in the process of being renovated
  • Purchase and supply of a new ambulance
  • Implementation of vaccination campaigns and campaigns for the protection of maternal health
  • Training of medical personnel and the creation of management committees for the health centers
  • People who have received health assistance in the Cuvette and Niari departments: 9,020 women, 13,366 children
  • People who have received health assistance in the Kouilou department: 1,314 women, 2,028 children


  • Work has begun on building the Centre d’Appui Technique et de Ressources Professionnelles (CATREP), a training centre to improve agro-zoological technical knowledge and skills
  • Publicity for and participation in the launch of projects to demonstrate farming techniques, Développement des techniques des Champs Ecoles des Paysans (CEP)
  • Works launch and organization of the management committees
  • Raising awareness among agricultural producers and organization of a local network of community warehouses for the sale of agricultural products and inputs (Magasin d’Approvisionnements en Intrants et de Commercialisation des Produits Agricoles - MAICOPA)