19 May 2011
Financial management and accountability
Religious communities and Caritas members embraced the ‘101 Days of Peace’ campaign in southern Sudan in 2010.
In a world that demands ever more accountability and transparency, relations with donors will only flourish if Caritas organisations can demonstrate their ability to efficiently and effectively manage funds and account for how they have been spent.
Implementation of a capacity building programme in financial management and accountability began with presentations to the Executive Committee, the Bureau and Regional Coordinators in May 2010.
The programme aims to build on existing initiatives in capacity building within the confederation and stresses the need for involvement of the governance and general management levels of all Caritas members.
After consultation with regional coordinators and a number of members, a self-assessment tool has been developed to help members assess their strengths and weaknesses and identify both training needs and good practices that can be shared with other members.
The programme is intended to run until 2013 and will be concluded with the publication of “Caritas Standards for Management and Financial Accountability”, which will build on the joint experience of all Caritas members participating in the programme.
HIV and AIDS
In collaboration with Caritas Europa and Caritas Bulgaria, training on HIV and AIDS has been provided to staff of Caritas and other Catholic Church-inspired organisations from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The CI Special Advisor on HIV/AIDS has also facilitated HIV training for more than 300 people from Church-related groups in Myanmar.
The CI Pastoral Training Manual on HIV and AIDS was published in English in May 2007.With the help of Caritas Netherlands (CORDAID) and of the CI Middle East/North Africa (MONA) Regional Office, it has now also been published, respectively, in French and in Arabic. Adaptations also have been prepared in Burmese, Vietnamese, Ukrainian and Russian.
Caritas Internationalis has promoted and accompanied the formation of regional and national Catholic HIV/AIDS networks as well as new programming in response to the pandemic by Caritas organisations. It also serves as the Secretariat for the Catholic HIV/AIDS Network (CHAN), an informal grouping of Catholic Churchrelated organisations, religious congregations, and lay movements, offering financial and technical assistance support to HIV programmes in low- and middle-income countries.
The CI Secretariat has facilitated three regional training sessions in peacebuilding: one in Kenema, Sierra Leone for countries of the Mano River zone (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Conakry, Gambia), one in the MONA region in Jordan, and one in Bangkok for the Asia region.