Say yes to human mobility and no to Fortress Europe

Syrian refugees find shelter in tents on a field in Salihli, Manisa Province in the Aegean region of Turkey - Photo: Isabel Corthier/Caritas
World refugee day will be commemorated on Tuesday, 20 June. EU Heads of State and Foreign Affairs Ministers will gather around this date in the European Council and Foreign Affairs Council to agree, once more, on ways to keep migrants out of the EU. Out of sight may...

Populorum Progressio 50 years on

Don Giovanni Perini - Picture courtesy of Newsbiella.it
By don Giovanni Perini Don Giovanni Perini, Director of Diocesan Caritas and regional delegate Piemonte-Valle d'Aosta, Italy. The Encyclical letter “Populorum Progressio” written by Pope Paul VI, was produced at the end of '60s, a period full of difficulties in the sphere of international relations. It is a...
Makeshift settlements outside Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Famine is spreading alongside with diseases linked to poor sanitary conditions - Photo: Amunga Eshuchi/Trocaire (Caritas Ireland)
The European Union is on the verge of adopting proposals to reorient its development policy to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to “ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind”. However, instead of sending a strong signal of its commitment...
Caritas Serbia staff discuss with refugee in Presevo centre - Picture: Ana Zivkovic, Caritas Serbia
At the end of February and beginning of March 2017, I visited Serbia and saw what kind of a humanitarian response Caritas Serbia gives to refugees and migrants in the country. There are already more than 7.000 migrants stranded in Serbia. Most of them still waiting for an...

CDF Stories: Organisational Development in Caritas Slovenia

CDF STORIES: ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN CARITAS SLOVENIA
At Caritas Slovenia, we started our organisational development (OD) process in December 2014 with a targeted workshop for members of the national office. During this workshop, we also introduced the Board of Directors to the Caritas Internationalis Management Standards (CI MS). Subsequently, Caritas Slovenia ratified the CI MS...

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Photo: Meabh Smith/Trocaire
World leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Also referred to as the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, these goals entered into force officially on 1 January 2016. They represent the new global consensus for promoting sustainable development for the next 15 years and cover...

Implementing SDGs in Belgium

Photo: Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas Internationalis
Do you know what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are? Many of us do, many of us don’t. At least in Belgium, there seems to still be some awareness-raising work to do, both when it comes to mobilising the Belgian public (and this probably includes our colleagues too)...
Caritas agencies supporting SDGs implementation – how to catalyse change?
2016 marked the first year of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since then CAFOD has been working with other Caritas organisations and non-faith partners of the Global South, supporting their involvement in the implementation processes of the 2030 Agenda at the national level. The positive...

The new European Consensus on Development

The new European Consensus on Development
Last November, the European Commission issued a proposal for a new European Consensus on Development . This document serves as the basis for the current discussions among European Union (EU) Member States to replace the European Consensus on Development (agreed in 2005) and the 2011 Agenda for Change...

Development effectiveness: what happened in Nairobi?

Development effectiveness: what happened in Nairobi?
By Graciela Rico (Caritas Spain) and Bob van Dillen (Caritas Europa) On 30 November and 1 December 2016, governments, international organisations and civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world, met at the Nairobi Civil Society Forum and the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for...

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