Development with people at the centre
Caritas promotes authentic human development. This means development of the whole person. It provides for their economic, cultural, political, social and spiritual wellbeing.
... progress of a merely economic and technological kind is insufficient.
Development needs above all to be true and integral.
- Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2009 (23)
Caritas' approach is based on good development practice and Catholic social teaching. Authentic development has people at the centre of its concern. In Catholic social teaching it is called integral human development.
This seeks the good of every person and the whole person. It is community, rather than individually based, and recognises the importance of family and community in a person’s life.
We work through partnerships with other Caritas members, local organisations and Church structures. We aim to strengthen local communities and ensure their ownership of projects. We work with the poorest and most vulnerable - regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality.
Our programmes help supply drinking water, teach sustainable farm management, strengthen primary health care, develop skills and credit for small businesses, and work with women and indigenous peoples.