Partnerships to empower
Caritas partners with organisations that support and advocate for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
In development programmes, the principle of the centrality of the human person ... must be preserved.
... the people who benefit from them ought to be directly involved in their planning and implementation.
- Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2009 (47)
In our development work, we partner with on-the-ground organisations working with the poorest and most vulnerable, regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality.
We do not set up offices or base staff overseas. Instead we visit, mentor and support local organisations to help them identify their own needs and arrive at their own solutions. We aim to strengthen the local community and ensure they have ownership of projects. Real needs are identified and met.
We can respond to and forward donations to almost any significant emergency in the world through Caritas Internationalis. This is the second largest emergency response network in the world next to the Red Cross/Red Crescent confederation. We also support development project partners responding to or affected by emergencies.
In our local and international advocacy work we partner with Church, community and international organisations and networks. We share information and resources, and cooperate in joint action to create a stronger voice for justice.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 168 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies working in over 200 countries and territories.
Within Aotearoa New Zealand, Caritas is a member of the Council for International Development, representing almost 100 New Zealand-based development agencies.
We also work closely with an informal Catholic justice and peace network within Aotearoa New Zealand.