Peace begins with a smile

Peace begins with a smile
" Peace begins with a smile ", said Mother Theresa. On another occasion she gave us this message: " What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family ". It seems very easy to promote and cultivate peace, right? It does not sound...
Creating a culture of evidence: Monitoring and evaluation on the Balkan route
Since the beginning of the refugee crisis, the Caritas network across Europe has been doing a lot to support people who have had to flee their homes in countries affected by war. The challenge today is that we are dealing with a complex humanitarian crisis: due to its...

Efficiency and humanity guide Caritas’ cash programming

Efficiency and humanity guide Caritas’ cash programming
Photo: This lady has never been in a shopping mall before. A Caritas volunteer helps her navigate the various stores and make the best choices to use her voucher. (Caritas Aleppo, June 2017) Cash programming is on the agenda everywhere. People organise meetings, conferences, workshops, and write books...

Caritas Greece facing humanitarian and refugee crisis

Caritas Greece facing humanitarian and refugee crisis
For more than 7 years now, Greece has been going through one of the most critical periods in its post-war history. A period plagued by an unprecedented economic crisis and a profound social and moral crisis due to the lack of integrated and effective social protection policies. The...
Photo: Maks Levin/Caritas Ukraine
The conflict in Ukraine is in its fourth year. Millions of people continue to suffer on a daily basis the consequences of prolonged violence. Fighting between the parties to the conflict keeps on claiming civilian lives and destroying homes, hospitals, schools and vital infrastructure. The persisting displacement of...
The Grand Bargain: better humanitarian assistance during emergencies
Today, a little over a year after the World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul, the Grand Bargain is still the main topic of discussion among humanitarian actors worldwide. The Summit was clearly a unique occasion to put on the table past failures as well as current and...
Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in and by Luxembourg
The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were acknowledged with great enthusiasm by Xavier Bettel, Head of the Luxembourgish government, during his speech at the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2015. He noted that " ...a rigorous follow-up of the implementation of the measures adopted...

The links between human trafficking and forced migration

Picture: Patrick de la Pierre - Secours Catholique-Caritas France
" To protect [our] siblings [migrants] is a moral imperative that needs to be translated into adopting clear and relevant legal, international and national instruments [...], implementing timely and humanising programmes in the fight against trafficking in human beings, which profit from the misfortunes of others. ” -...
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...

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