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.”
Caritas Updates on Development
Caritas Internationalis and the Fidel Götz Foundation are launching the Women Sowers of Development Prize to honour the role of women in solving world hunger.
Pope Francis has told crowds in St Peter’s Square that hunger is a scandal and he urged them to support the Caritas ‘One Human Family, Food for All’ campaign.
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