PISIE was founded in 1977, in Jesi with the goal of providing training and technical assistance to Italian cooperation programs with developing countries as well as to support, in the same areas, the public and Privates Institutions such as the international organisms of the United Nations. In the last 30 years it developed a solid cooperation experience with many international organizations (like UNIDO, ITC, CDE, the World Bank etc…) more and more specializing in the design of Applied Technology Centres, School/Industry integration laboratories, training units. Its original background in shoe making differentiated in time and PISIE developed a capability to operate also in other industrial sectors, from shoe and leathergoods manufacturing to food and agriculture, the fishing industry and wood working. It is present with its staff in many countries in Latin America, Middle and Far East, Africa.
The services rendered by PISIE allowed the transfer of technologies for sustainable development and the valorisation of human and natural resources in many different countries. Through the creation of Applied Technology Centres, of laboratories for the cooperation school/industry, of units for the technical and educational support, PISIE actively fostered the development and the strengthening of SMEs in the manufacturing, agricultural and food sectors, also promoting new job opportunities and providing help and assistance to the local service centres.
More than 5000 technicians, instructors, trainers, teachers and entrepreneurs have been trained with the help of PISIE, in its International Training Centre in Italy and in 90 different countries, working with more than 1200 small and medium enterprises. Projects have been done with tanneries, shoe manufacturing companies, leathergoods producers, leather garment manufacturers and the agro - food industry.
1999 represents the turning point; PISIE was officially recognized by the Italian Foreign Affair Minister as a moral, no profit institution (NGO) and it had to restructure its project approach to better respond to the new challenges the developing countries had to face in the global market. Specific technical audit and reorganization programs have been studied primarily addressed to SMEs, aimed also at defining their strategic positioning and market orientation; special support programs have also been developed for the preparation of business plans for new management strategies with an increased focus on the local markets and on the export. These initiatives have been specifically conceived to be actuated in close cooperation with local service centresaddressed to SME of various sectors.
PISIE was involved with relevant coordination roles, in the last thirty years, in many projects, and these are the best credentials for the quality and the effectiveness of its activity.