In 2016 Fondazione Cariplo introduced a significant novelty in its strategic planning: the launch of 4 cross-sector high impact programmes - with a three-year budget of €10 million each - focused on city suburbs, rural areas, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and youth employment. 

“ATTIV-AREE” supports the revitalisation of rural areas, especially those in mountainous districts characterised by depopulation and abandonment. In particular, the programme fosters innovation and development of economic activities in rural areas (such as crop/animal farming and tourism) - ideally generating job opportunities for youth - building on the local heritage of tangible and intangible assets i.e. natural, social, cultural and financial resources, but also on the sense of belonging and existing collaboration and solidarity links.