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Summary Who We Are Mission, Vision, Shared Values Our History Governance Stakeholders Staff Social Balance Development Cooperation China Vietnam Cambodia Thailand South Asia Ethiopia West Africa Italy Colombia Inter-country Adoption Research Centre Fundraising Communication and External Relations Financial Statements 4 4 6 8 9 10 11 14 16 18 24 26 34 40 46 50 52 55 56 58 60

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Letter by CIAI’s President has been for CIAI a very challenging year, in which we have been present and active in 14 countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) with 43 projects; we have reached more than 73,000 direct beneficiaries: vulnerable children (children living outside their family or at risk of abandonment, socially and economically marginalized children, children with disabilities, children belonging to ethnic minorities, migrants, displaced children, working and street children), their families (biological or foster families), their communities and the institutions caring for them. 2013 In Italy, we have found a family for 47 abandoned children. In order to train families on intercountry adoption, we met about 500 couples in our informative meetings and about 100 have attended our training courses. We have strengthened and intensified our support services to the adoptive families, and not only to those that have adopted through CIAI, but also to those who have turned to other organizations and to the national adoption, making more than 1000 post-adoption interviews (follow-up interviews, clinical interviews, support interviews and more), organizing support groups and seminars attended by more than 500 people; the first national meeting for adopted adults and a conference on the same subject have been attended by more than 500 people in total. In 2013, we intensified our commitment to advocacy to promote the culture of adoption in which we believe. We spread our activities all over Europe, continuing our active participation in the European associations network dealing with adoption, EurAdopt, of which CIAI is co-founder and holds the presidency. We have been able to reach these results thanks to more than 200 competent and passionate people that have cooperated with CIAI in Italy and abroad, and to nearly 1500 members, 7500 donors, 1750 volunteers, several companies and foundations, and our testimonials who have believed in CIAI and helped us. I thank all the people who have collaborated with us in favor of "all the children of the world", and I am confident that the great efforts made to allow CIAI to achieve more and more important goals will continue to bear fruit in the near future. Paola Crestani 3

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Who We Are Since its creation in far 1968, CIAI has committed itself so that all children in the world could have granted the same rights. Today CIAI in the international scenario is a non-governmental, pluralist and secular organization operating so that every child is recognized as a person, developing its own potential and awareness of its duties and rights. Mission: Promote recognition of the child as an individual person and defend its fundamental rights to life, good health, family, education, play and innocence. Vision: A world in which every child can grow and develop their potential and enjoy their rights to the full, in recognition of their duties. Shared values: CIAI is an organization that: is always on the child’s side is secular and pluralist, considers differences a value believes all people have equal dignity and rights is against war and all kinds of violence aims at excellence in the execution of its mission THE MILESTONES OF OUR HISTORY 1968 Foundation of CIAI - Centro Italiano per l’Adozione Internazionale 1971 Organizes the First World Conference on Adoption and Foster-care in Milan 1986 Becomes authorized to carry out inter-country adoption in 14 countries 1990 Founds the European Euradopt network, together with other European inter-country adoption associations. Organizes in Milan the first World Conference on Inter-country adoption 1992 Represents the network Euradopt in the working sessions of the Hague Conference which issued the “Convention on the safeguard of children and cooperation in matter of inter-country adoption.” 2000 Officially recognized as an NGO by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2006 Is one of the first five organizations in Italy to obtain permission to use the Istituto Italiano della Donazione logo for good governance and transparent management of funds 2008 CIAI celebrates its first 40 years. Organizes the International Conference “Scenarios and Challenges in Inter-country adoption” in Venice 2013 Organize the first Meeting of the Adopted Children Adults 4

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Governance The governance of CIAI is inspired by and structured around a child-focused approach. The welfare, needs and rights of the child lie at the centre of every decision and action, the yardstick by which we measure our success. In planning and implementing every intervention our priority concern is always the child. CIAI is managed through the support of the Members' Assembly, the Executive Board, the President, Board of Auditors and Director of Operations. Governance Members’ Assembly President Executive Board Board of Auditors Internal Audit Staff Members’ Assembly The governing body of CIAI is composed of: sponsor members, ordinary members or effective and honorary members. The sponsor-members support the association in the realisation of its goals. Ordinary or effective members are those who have completed or are in the process of completing an international adoption. Finally the honorary members are those who make a special contribuMembers as of 31.12.2013 Honorary members Ordinary members Sponsor members Total 9 1334 79 1422 The duties of the Assembly are to: - Meet at least twice a year to hear reports from the Executive Board and the Board of Auditors and to vote on the annual statements by 30 April, and the provisional statements in December; - Decide the general orientation of CIAI's activity and appoint the Executive Board every 3 years; - Determine membership and other fees and vote on matters required by law. The distinguishing feature of what might be called our highest governing body is undoubtedly the membership. All our members participate voluntarily without compensation. No operational figure (e.g. the employees) may actively take part. The only requisite for participation is a commitment to our cause and our Mission. Executive Board The Board is made up of between 5 and 11 members (it met 9 times in 2013) chosen from the effective members and elected by the Assembly. Its key duties can be summed up as follows: - Appoints from among its members the President, Vice President and Treasurer and determines their duties and powers. - Examines and approves overall strategies to propose to the Assembly in response to changes to the (political, institutional, economic or associative) environment that might affect the work and goals of the association. - Deliberates on conventions, agreements and memoranda of understanding with the authorities, institutions, associations, NGOs and other organisations in Italy and abroad. tion to disseminating the CIAI culture by supporting the growth of its activities. The three categories of members have equal voting rights and access to official positions. 6

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- Decides on whether to open or close local offices in Italy and abroad, strategies of decentralisation, standards of service, recruitment of resources and economic policy. The members of the Executive Board Paola Crestani President Alessandro Mele Vice President Maurizio Zoe’ Treasurer Directors Elisabetta Cucci Paolo Limonta Enrico Rambaldi Feldmann Fabrizio Riccò Fabrizia Sepe The President - The organisation's legal representative before third parties and the courts of law. - Convenes and chairs meetings of the Assembly and the Board. - Executes the decisions taken by the above bodies. - Exercises all management and decision-making powers not reserved for the Executive Board, keeping the Treasurer informed at all times. The post of president is voluntary and does not foresee any remuneration. The Board of Auditors - Is elected by the Assembly to invigilate over the operations of the association and is composed of three qualified auditors. Chairman: Dott. Paolo Triberti; Effective auditors: Dott.ssa Simona Bonissoni, Dott. Piergiorgio Gusso. Director of Operations - Acts as a link between the operational structure and the Executive Board. -Attends Executive Board meetings. - Coordinates other top level officers. The organisational structure The organisational structure is based on a matrix in which the Area Directors act along vertical lines and are responsible for strategic action in a specific geographical region. Internal Audit Directors of Operations South Asia West Africa Direction Direction Development Cooperation ... China Direction Administration Fundraising Inter-country Adoption Communication Research Centre Secretary 7

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The Stakeholders When implementing its Mission, every organization daily interacts with several stakeholders. Each of them has a specific interest and a consequent expectation in the activity of the body. This dynamics entails special laws that every organization must consider if it wishes to be defined as “socially responsible”. CIAI’s system of relations is very complex and articulate. In details, our Stakeholders are divided in the following categories: 1. Mission Stakeholders: they are integral part of the Mission a. Child b. Family c. Local Community 2. Functional Stakeholders: with their skills, they support the implementation of the Mission a. Employees and coworkers b. Members c. Donors d. Suppliers e. Testimonials f. Students g. Trainees h. Volunteers i. Local partners l. Social workers m. Psychologists n. Doctors o. Teachers p. Media q. Consultants r. Coordinators 3. Institutional Stakeholders: institutions collaborating with CIAI a. National organizations b. International organizations c. National and International governmental institutions Each group of Stakeholders is related to specific interests/expectations and to the instruments chosen to satisfy them. Marco Mar oni e Maria Fort priore Daniela Lo Paolo Palm erini ia Milly Zizzan 8

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Staff The mission of CIAI is implemented day by day thanks to the support of partners and employees who share its values and goals. The staff is motivated and proud to be part of this "family”, a special attention is reserved to the people involved. There are 179 people, in Italy (Milano, Roma, Monopoli, Padova, Cagliari) and abroad. The following tables show the different kind of staff : employee, collaborator, expatriates (abroad). Employees Headquarter Milan Employees Italy Employees abroad Total Gianluca La i Gender M F Total 7 26 33 0 3 3 0 1 1 7 30 37 livetti Deborah O Collaborators and expatriates Headquarter Milan Collaborators Italy Espatriates Total Gender M F Total 2 4 6 0 2 2 3 8 11 5 14 19 Vittoria De Martino Local staff abroad Country BURKINA FASO CAMBODIA COLOMBIA IVORY COAST CHINA ETHIOPIA INDIA VIETNAM TOTAL 2012 18 43 4 9 2 34 8 5 123 2013 19 43 2 3 1 42 8 1 119 9

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Social Balance Care about the environment Our activity is intellectual, therefore with limited negative impact on the environment that surrounds us. Despite this, we recognize the importance of the protection of the environment and the need to develop a greater sensibility about this subject. Since 2008 the Milan office is equipped with a photovoltaic system, which generates energy that fed back into the system. This system is able to light the office e some of the computers used in it. Its realisation has brought good enviromental benefits since energy can be generated from an unlimited and clean power source, as sun, and without any emission of pollutants in the atmosphere. In the year 2013 the photovoltaic system generated electricity for 2130kWh. The following table reports carbon dioxide emissions and emissions of the typical pollutants of a thermal power system (sulfur dioxideSO2, nitrogen oxides, NOX dusts) that have been avoided. The emission factors are taken from the 2012 Enel Environmental Reprt and express the amount of pollutants emitted fron the thermal power system ENEL per kWh net electricity produced. Avoided emissions in 2013 through the use of photovoltaic panels on the system in CIAI released by the installer Avoided emission Specific emissions in the atmosphere [g/kWh] Avoided emissions during the year [kg] Specific emissions in the atmosphere [g/kWh] Avoided emissions during the year [kg] Specific emissions in the atmosphere [g/kWh] Avoided emissions during the year [kg] Specific emissions in the atmosphere [g/kWh] Avoided emissions during the year [kg] CO2 SO2 NOx Polveri 418 890,34 0,99 2,11 0,83 1,77 0,335 0,71 10

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Development Cooperation In its areas of intervention, CIAI acts to protect children’s rights. In 2013, CIAI’s interventions have been extended to 14 countries (China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Italy, Colombia), reaching more than 73,000 direct beneficiaries among children, women, parents, communities, institutions and civil society organizations, by means of 43 development projects. About 130 people have worked on these projects, including local and expatriate staff. The total of the disbursements for the projects amounts to € 3.5M, distributed in the different geographical areas as in the following figure. Geogr. Distribution South Asia 34% West Africa 26% Cambodia 14% Ethiopia 14% Italy 4% Vietnam 4% China 2% Thailand 2% Colombia <1% The groups which CIAI addresses to are: Vulnerable children: children living outside their families or at risk of abandonment, socially or economically marginalized; children with disabilities, children belonging to ethnic minorities, migrants, dispersed, working children and street children. Women, who are often agents for change and rights’ promoters in their communities. Families: Biological, extended, foster families. Local communities, civil society institutions and organizations, since the environment in which the families live influences their life through customs, habits and cultural traditions, but also through laws and regulations. Figure 1 Distribution of the disbursements for development projects in the different countries in the year 2013. The values are expressed as a percentage of the total of € 3.5M 11

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In 2013, CIAI’s direct beneficiaries have been divided by country and group, according to the table below. Children Women Parents Communitiesinstitutions 8,397 239 5,433 427 610 700 2,647 4,499 0 22,952 691 133 459 0 440 0 90 3,178 80 5,071 COUNTRY’S TOTAL 28,359 812 13,709 427 1.050 1,285 8,043 19,348 80 73,113 West Africa Italy Ethiopia Thailand China Vietnam Cambodia India Colombia GRAND TOTAL 15,433 440 7,817 0 0 485 5,306 9,449 0 38,930 3,838 0 0 0 0 100 0 2,222 0 6,160 Table 1 Direct beneficiaries of 2013’s activities, divided by group and by country Throughout the years, CIAI’s interventions have focused on four main themes, in which our association has strengthened its competence and impact. These themes are: Education Health-nutrition Protection Participation In each country, these themes may be more or less developed, according to particular needs of the local context, the country’s opportunities and our ability to intervene. In 2013, the distribution of the supplied resources for the different themes in the different countries has been the following (figures in €): China Education Health-nutrition Protection Participation TOTAL 36,546 0 0 36,546 Ethiopia 119,276 146,210 120,868 120,070 Italy 65,027 0 44,543 20,896 Vietnam Cambodia 75,755 75,755 0 0 167,286 200,682 29,199 88,215 Thai South Asia 0 0 0 77,455 314,724 146,242 44,407 719,964 West Africa 297,323 416,052 217,825 0 Colombia 0 0 12,972 0 12,972 TOTAL 1,075,936 984,940 469,814 1,063,145 3,593,835 73,092 506,424 130,466 151,509 485,382 77,455 1,225,336 931,199 Beneficiaries Children 53% Parents 31% Women 9% Communities-institutions 7% Thematic area Education 30% Participation 30% Health-nutrition 27% Protection 13% 12

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China Main problems in the country: Limited protection of minors alone, limited social inclusion of children with disabilities, limited protection of migrant workers and their families, limited training of professionals appointed to the protection of children's rights (social workers, directors of institutes, foster families). CIAI Response: Vocational training, support of the family and the community, the protection of vulnerable children and alone, inter-country adoptions. Economic commitment in this year: € 73,092 Beneficiaries reached this year: 1,020 direct beneficiaries, of which 610 parents and 410 members of the community and the institutions. China - Beneficiaries Communitiesinstitutions 40% Parents 60% China - Thematic area Education 50% Participation 50% Analysis of the country China is considered an Upper Middle Income Country (Source: The World Bank) and a Medium Human Development Country (Source: Undp United Nations Development Programme). Despite these indicators of general improvement in the situation of the country, there are still huge disparities concerning China’s ethnic and religious minorities. Some examples are represented by the rural and urban population (there is an increasing trend for people living in rural areas trying to move to urban areas in search of better life conditions, despite internal migration being strongly controlled by the central government through a system of residence registration Hukou), the imbalance between the few who are benefiting from the economic progress compared to the millions that are still excluded from the change, and the rights of migrant workers and their families. In 2013, China’s GDP growth has slowed to 7.7% (Source: Il Sole 24 Ore), maintaining itself on very low levels compared to its recent history (GDP growth over 10%). In 2013, CIAI’s objective in China has been to contribute to guarantee the protection of children’s rights, by means of training activities for social workers (a relatively new profession in China), for the employees of the Institutes and for the foster families of 4 Chinese provinces (Hubei, Henan, Sichuan, Shanxi), fundamental for the support to vulnerable people, especially to children at risk of marginalization. As for inter-country adoptions, in 2013 there has been a prevalence of boys rather than girls; the average age of children has increased, just as the incidence of reported minors with different levels of serious heath problems. The cases of inter-country adoptions thus exclusively concern children with special needs, since for all the licensed bodies the adoption of little and healthy minors takes about 7 years from the submission of the request by the family. A critical element in the adoptive process is the permanence of practices that contemplate the presence of mediators and facilitators. ssetti Andrea Ro 14

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