More than 1.6 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected settings. 100 million people are forcibly displaced. They are hit hardest by conflict and natural disasters. In their daily life, they search for safety and freedom, shelter, a doctor when needed, an income, and even food for the next day. Their quest is universal: to live in dignity.
We believe in a world where people can break through barriers of poverty and exclusion, and influence decisions that affect them. A world with an economy not driven by greed and growth, but by inclusivity, social justice, and gender equality. We believe all humans are one family, and see the earth, with all its resources, as our common home.
We operate in the fragile and volatile settings of countries like South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Where communities and governments alike struggle to absorb and mitigate economic, political, and environmental shocks and risks. And where a lot of citizens do not have access to even the most basic services, due to poverty or armed conflict.
We address these causes of fragility. We support local communities, service providers, and frontline aid workers in creating food security, offering health care and education, assuring access to justice, and promoting gender equality. We empower people economically, facilitate jobs, and foster inclusive economic growth.
With professional staff working in the world’s most fragile areas and a longstanding track record, we have the resources, skills, and networks to make positive change happen. Even in the toughest and most desperate of circumstances.
We do this by fostering local ownership wherever we work, and by collaborating as much as possible with local organisations, governments, and the private sector.
Localising humanitarian assistance and development cooperation – by giving prominence and funding to local responders and professionals – increases the efficiency of interventions and counters power imbalances within the development sector.
Linking relief and development
Where disasters strike, we offer life-saving humanitarian assistance. For more long-term impact we combine emergency aid with efforts to improve healthcare systems, food security, economic opportunities, peacebuilding and disaster resilience.
Christian social traditions
We have emerged from the Christian social traditions and we are a founding member of Caritas Internationalis, the worldwide network of Catholic relief organisations, and CIDSE, an umbrella organisation for Catholic development agencies from Europe and North America.
We are also a member of the ACT Alliance, a global faith-based coalition organised in national and regional forums operating in more than 120 countries.
The values of human dignity, justice, compassion, and care for the planet guide us in our work. They inspire us to reach out to the poor and the excluded, regardless of race and religion.
Faith, for us, is a force that connects and binds people of all backgrounds. The universal value of compassion is embraced by all religions and beliefs. More than ever, this is a source of solidarity that can bridge divides.