Strengthening Caritas

By |7 July 2011|

“Financial reporting of a high standard is very helpful. It attracts extra financial and other resources,” said Dr Benedict Alo D’Rozario, Executive Director of Caritas Bangladesh, drawing on lessons he learned in his student days in the USA in the 1980s. Dr Alo shared his experiences with staff from the Caritas Asia and Oceania regions in Bangkok in October, at a workshop on the Caritas Financial Capacity Building Programme. He said, “In finance, one never knows when or where one will be asked for information,” and that the answer given must be correct, clear and transparent.

As part of its “Strengthening Caritas” policy, Caritas Internationalis’ General Secretariat has developed a three-year plan to build financial capacity and transparency in all 165 members, with training and the establishment of new accounting systems.

Frank Boomers, the Programme Coordinator, says keeping a tight rein on funds will benefit everyone, from donors to beneficiaries. “If […]

Stamping out corruption

By |16 August 2010|

Caritas is joining other faith-based aid agencies and religious leaders in calling for action on stamping out global corruption.

In a letter to the UN Secretary General, over 50 faith leaders and agency directors say corruption is a major cause of poverty in developing countries and a major barrier to overcoming it. They say both rich and poor countries have a responsibility to overcome it.

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In 2003, the United Nations General Assembly signed the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). It was the first global treaty ever that provides a framework to harmonise anti-corruption efforts worldwide.

This week the UNCAC Working Group on a Review Mechanism meet in Vienna, Austria to look at progress so far ahead of a summit in Doha in November.

Over 50 religious leaders and heads of faith-based organisations including Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight called on delegates working on the review to turn UNCAC from […]

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