human development, social justice and sustainable social systems
HELPING US TO BE MORE STRATEGIC
The Caritas Europa MAPPING is a strategic tool that helps the Caritas Europa network to better understand its member organisations.
Why do we need this?
The network is much stronger and its member organisations can achieve their goals at a European and a national level much more easily if we all work together and try to better understand each other’s needs and internal structures.
How does it work?
1. Who are the Caritas Europa member organisations?
The tool allows each organisation to see exactly how many people are helped through its projects and services in and outside of the country, and to get a clearer picture of who they are.
Information is displayed in a clear and structured way and users can extract information to:
underpin their national advocacy and policy work;
help better (re)present their organisation;
illustrate national activity reports and communication activities; and
improve strategic decision making.
2. How can mapping help increase Caritas’ visibility?
An organisation can decide to embed the mapping information in its website. This will contribute to visibility in and outside of the country and support fundraising efforts.
3. How can mapping help a Caritas organisation in Europe find another organisation or expert it may need?
Anyone in a Caritas organisation can find the colleagues and experts needed:
to exchange information, practices and innovation in areas of mutual interest;
in a non-European country if there are plans to start a project there and another Caritas is already present;
for advice and support in a specific working area;
to set up partnerships for joint projects (EU or other funding).
4. How does mapping help the Caritas Europa Secretariat?
It improves understanding about the work of member organisations and their experts, which in turn makes it easier to better target information to improve:
policy and advocacy work at the European level;
representation of the network at the European level;
visibility of the Caritas network in Europe.
5. Anything else?
The Caritas Europa mapping is compatible with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). It allows member organisations to opt for compliance with international transparency and accountability standards – as required by the Caritas Internationalis Management Standards (CIMS).