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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

  • ‘These women are brave': Caritas women prizewinners honored

‘These women are brave': Caritas women prizewinners honored

  • 9 March 2015
Three courageous women received the "Women, Sowers of Development" prize on International Women's Day (March 8th). The prize, given by Caritas Internationalis and Voices of Faith, honors women whose hard work has transformed their communities, lifting them out of severe poverty.
  • Nicaraguan farmers win international women’s prize

Nicaraguan farmers win international women’s prize

  • 5 March 2015
Alba Marina and her fellow women farmers are the winners of the "Women, Sowers of Development" award given by Voices of Faith and Caritas Internationalis. In March 2015, Alba Marina traveled to Rome, Italy, to accept the prize on behalf of her community.
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

FamilyAndPoverty

Resources on family and poverty

MDG-2015

Caritas MDG 2015