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Caritas and Development

Development

Today, more than a billion people still live below the poverty line. Caritas works alongside them – in countries both rich and poor – to end their suffering and to help them reach their full potential. Extreme poverty can only be ended if income and opportunity are more equal and human rights are fully promoted.

Through its development work, Caritas seeks to build a world in which we all live in dignity and peace and can provide for ourselves. It focuses on the causes and effects of poverty, helping communities become more involved in the political process and more powerful. Caritas helps them grow more resilient in the face of climate change, financial crises and economic exploitation.

Caritas believes development assistance works and urges all governments to meet the international target of 0.7% of their gross domestic product to be spent on international aid.

Caritas is guided by the teaching of the Catholic Church, which insists that everyone must have the means to contribute and participate. Caritas’ vision is to change not only the systems we live in but also to change ourselves to fully understand love and sharing.

“Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry.”
Pope Francis

Caritas Updates on Development

  • New tech solutions for HIV

New tech solutions for HIV

  • 28 July 2014
New technologies offer hope to sick people living in poverty. At an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, four scientists associated with Catholic institutions discussed ways to measure HIV infections and treat them.
  • To end AIDS by 2030

To end AIDS by 2030

  • 28 July 2014
UNAIDS is moving from a strategy of ‘zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, zero discrimination’ to one where 9 out of ten people who are living with HIV know their status, receive therapy and that the virus is surpressed in their bodies.
  • Church as defender of immigrants and refugees

Church as defender of immigrants and refugees

  • 9 July 2014
In the western hemisphere, the Church’s role as defender of migrants and refugees is more important than ever, as those on the move continue to be subject to abuse, exploitation, and violence.
  • Migrants making their home in Morocco

Migrants making their home in Morocco

  • 9 July 2014
Morocco used to be a ‘transit country’ for migrants – one through which they would pass on their way to Europe. Now, more and more migrants are settling in Morocco. Europe wants Morocco to be a ‘guardian’ so the migrants stay there.
  • The wrongs and rights of migration

The wrongs and rights of migration

  • 16 May 2014
“The cheapest plane from Nairobi to London costs $565. What do you think would push us to spend thousands of dollars and risk our lives to get there?” A migrant's question at the Global Forum for Migration and Development in Stockholm, Sweden.
Our key areas in Development
How Caritas works in Development

Caritas works towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, using them as its orientation to bring positive change. It is pressing for a new commitment when the MDGs end. Caritas holds both extractive industries and national governments to account, pressing for fair and responsible policies and actions. It campaigns at high level meetings and events worldwide to bring economic justice to the poor. Read more about these programmes

Resources

MDG-2015

Caritas MDG 2015