Activity with the children staying at the St. Luke centre  - Photo: Caritas Belarus
In 2016, Caritas Belarus began to work on the concept formulation of its organisational development strategy. This work was aligned to the strategic development of Caritas Europa, along with the primary targets of the European network and Caritas Internationalis. The process was also based on the findings of...
Italy and the G7 summit: is the 2030 agenda already losing momentum?
It is now almost 2 years since all countries approved the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. This approval marked an important milestone in the world’s history. It was the first time that all leading nations acknowledged the impact of human activity on climate...

Cash with a heart

Caritas staff with residents from the Jabal Badro neighbourhood in Aleppo during a Eid shopping round - Photo: Sebastien Deschamps/Caritas Belgium
Ard-el-Hamra/Jabal Badro, Aleppo, June 2017 Jabal Badro is one of the suburbs of eastern Aleppo, where Caritas is assisting 1,400 families who have returned home after having fled the conflict. This number is very likely to increase in the coming weeks as this area of Aleppo seems now...

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)...

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