Caritas Internationalis

Caritas fights poverty, exclusion, intolerance and discrimination. More importantly, it empowers people to participate fully in all matters affecting their lives, and it advocates on their behalf at national and international forums. Caritas promotes partnership: local autonomy is paramount in ensuring effective teamwork for the good of all. By pooling expertise and resources, Caritas is able to identify issues at the grassroots level, analyse them at national and international levels, and then take action locally, regionally and globally. Caritas' work is about ensuring the poorest and most marginalized are the driving force in our emergency response, sustainable development and peace building. To achieve this, Caritas focuses on six key areas: Peace and reconciliation, Emergencies, Economic justice, Climate Change, HIV and AIDS, and Women and Migration.

Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed, in over 200 countries and territories. Caritas works without regard to creed, race, gender, or ethnicity, and is one of the world's largest humanitarian networks. Caritas provides a beacon of hope for tens of millions of women, men and children in times of hardship and contributes to the development of social justice in times of peace. Caritas' mandate includes integral development, emergency relief, advocacy, peace building, respect for human rights and support for proper stewardship of the planet's environment and resources. The Caritas approach is based on the social teaching of the Church, which focuses on the dignity of the human person. Caritas' work on behalf of the poor manifests God's love for all of creation. Caritas believes that the weak and oppressed are not objects of pity, but agents of change leading the struggle to eradicate dehumanising poverty, unacceptable living and working conditions, and unjust social, political, economic and cultural structures. What makes Caritas unique is its ongoing presence in communities, before, during and after crisis situations. Important, too, is that being part of civil society and incorporating the perspective of the poor, Caritas can continuously adapt its strategies to an ever changing environment. Caritas fights poverty, exclusion, intolerance and discrimination. More importantly, it empowers people to participate fully in all matters affecting their lives, and it advocates on their behalf at national and international forums. Caritas promotes partnership: local autonomy is paramount in ensuring effective teamwork for the good of all. By pooling expertise and resources, Caritas is able to identify issues at the grassroots level, analyse them at national and international levels, and then take action locally, regionally and globally.

  • Civil Society
  • Civilian Small Arms Control
  • Community Conflict Resolution
  • DDR
  • Elections
  • Employment Generation
  • Gender
  • Good Offices and Peace Support
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Media
  • Mine Action
  • Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction
  • Transitional Justice

Community Conflict Resolution

Training material and funding
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Capacity and development training
  • Financial support
Description of activities
Peace trainings, development of training material / Asia, Africa, Middle East, Oceania, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Asia
Funding for peace trainings and Peace-building programs /Asia, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, The Balkans

Humanitarian Assistance

Networking – Presence – Accompaniment
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity and development training
  • Project support services

Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction

  • Caritas serves in 201 Countries and Territories

Central African Republic

Sectors of activity: 
Human Rights
Elections
Humanitarian Assistance
Types of activity: 
Capacity and development training
Advocacy

Guinea Bissau

Sectors of activity: 
Assistance to landmine survivors
Types of activity: 
Direct project implementation
Description: 

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Sierra Leone

Sectors of activity: 
Transitional Justice
Human Rights
Good Offices and Peace Support
Humanitarian Assistance
Employment Generation
Types of activity: 
Technical assistance
Financial support
Capacity and development training
Project support services
Description: 

Funding for peace trainings for local actors

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
Transitional Justice
Human Rights
Community Conflict Resolution
Humanitarian Assistance
Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction
Types of activity: 
Capacity and development training
Project support services
Advocacy
Description: 

Peace training sessions, Community recovery, Peace and reconciliation, Restore schools and infrastructure, support poor families in cases or dispute in land ownership.

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
Transitional Justice
Human Rights
Community Conflict Resolution
Humanitarian Assistance
Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction
Types of activity: 
Capacity and development training
Project support services
Advocacy
Description: 

Peace training sessions, Community recovery, Peace and reconciliation, Restore schools and infrastructure, support poor families in cases or dispute in land ownership.

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
Transitional Justice
Human Rights
Community Conflict Resolution
Humanitarian Assistance
Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction
Types of activity: 
Capacity and development training
Project support services
Advocacy
Description: 

Peace training sessions, Community recovery, Peace and reconciliation, Restore schools and infrastructure, support poor families in cases or dispute in land ownership.

Central African Republic

Sectors of activity: 
Human Rights
Elections
Humanitarian Assistance
Types of activity: 
Capacity and development training
Advocacy

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
Transitional Justice
Human Rights
Community Conflict Resolution
Humanitarian Assistance
Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction
Types of activity: 
Capacity and development training
Project support services
Advocacy
Description: 

Peace training sessions, Community recovery, Peace and reconciliation, Restore schools and infrastructure, support poor families in cases or dispute in land ownership.

Guinea Bissau

Sectors of activity: 
Assistance to landmine survivors
Types of activity: 
Direct project implementation
Description: 

humm

Sierra Leone

Sectors of activity: 
Transitional Justice
Human Rights
Good Offices and Peace Support
Humanitarian Assistance
Employment Generation
Types of activity: 
Technical assistance
Financial support
Capacity and development training
Project support services
Description: 

Funding for peace trainings for local actors

Caritas Internationalis
Rue de Varembé 1
Geneva CH-1202
Non-governmental organisation
Vatican City
More than 10 years
Between 250.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
30 staff assigned to the Caritas Secretariat / Vatican City
Rue de Varembé 1
Geneva CH-1202
Other

Representation, Co-ordination of advocacy activities

2.6
Permanent representative
Joseph Cornelius Donnelly
Permanent Delegate to the United Nations
4

Network

CIDSE

Description: 

international alliance of Catholic development agencies

Pax Christi International

Type: 
Other
Other: 
Practitioner

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Type: 
Other
Other: 
Practitioner

Religions for Peace

Type: 
NGO
Main purpose: 
Other
Other: 
Advocacy
Geographical scope: 
Global

Partnership

Islamic Relief

Partner organisations: 
NGOs
Practitioner

Without name

Partner organisations: 
United Nations
NGOs

World Council of Churches

Partner organisations: 
United Nations
NGOs