The overriding challenge in fragile and (post-)conflict countries is restoring trust and social cohesion, at community level and between communities and the state. This is what Cordaid does, right in the heart of communities, by mobilizing global networks, resources and knowledge. By doing this, we help people move beyond survival and live in dignity.
1,2 billion people are directly affected by war, fragility and natural disasters. But the indirect impact of fragility is much bigger. More than 2 billion people live in countries where development is seriously impacted by fragility, conflict and violence. By 2030 the share of global poor living in fragile and conflict-affected situations is projected to reach 46%.
This forces people to seek safer grounds. Around 65 million people are forcibly displaced. Many of them die in the attempt to enjoy minimal levels of peace, security and prosperity.
Cordaid does not accept this world of inequality, exclusion and unsustainability. We envisage a world where the basics of a life in dignity are available to all. Where the poorest and the excluded can influence the decisions that affect them. Where each person is free to flourish and can live in peace.
We believe all humans are a single family and the earth with all its resources is our common home.
We focus on fragility
Cordaid is the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid. Inspired by compassion, solidarity and subsidiarity, we see it as our mission to reduce fragility and the vulnerability of people where it is most needed and most difficult: in fragile and conflict-affected societies.
We focus our efforts in some of world’s most conflict-torn and volatile areas in countries like South Sudan, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We do this by promoting equality and social inclusion, by increasing the resilience of people and societies and by strengthening the social contract between citizens and their governments.
In the Netherlands, our home country, we alleviate poverty and social exclusion by empowering cooperatives for people with a distance to the labor market.
We link relief and development
Wherever we can we combine lifesaving humanitarian aid with the longer-term improvement of health care systems, economic opportunities and disaster resilience, and the promotion of security and justice.
We are part of the Caritas family
Cordaid is a proud and active member of Caritas Internationalis, a global confederation of over 160 catholic organizations, working at the grassroots in almost every country in the world. When a crisis hits, we are on the ground. Together we reach out to the poor and the excluded, regardless of race and religion.
Read more about how Cordaid is ‘Working in and on Fragility’ in this strategy paper.