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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

  • The family in a time of economic crisis

The family in a time of economic crisis

  • 23 September 2014
At a time when people need more than ever to have a family around them to help cushion the repeated blows dealt by this time of crisis, people are finding themselves increasingly alone and isolated. Even when they have a family, people often don’t feel valued as part of society.
  • Faith leaders say climate change hurts poor more

Faith leaders say climate change hurts poor more

  • 19 September 2014
Caritas Internationalis president Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga will join other faith leaders ahead of UN Summit to urge for more action on climate change, telling them that the poor are suffering.
  • Strong families are our best defence against poverty

Strong families are our best defence against poverty

  • 11 September 2014
Caritas Internationalis and the Pontifical Council for the Family will host a one-day seminar on the role of the family in the global economic crisis. The meeting will look at how Caritas as the charitable arm of the Church can work through families to better promote development.
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