Development and Peace – Caritas Canada believes in the dignity of every person and supports communities so that they can be the architects of their own development.
We work in partnership with more than 100 local organizations that empower communities in over 40 countries around the world to defend their rights, act for peace and take charge of their own development.
Our approach, based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, emphasizes the preferential option for the poor, human dignity, subsidiarity, community participation and solidarity.
We support and empower grassroot organizations in the pursuit of alternatives to unjust social, political, economic and environmental structures.
Together, we implement long-term community development projects and programs that meet the needs and aspirations of local populations.
We also respond to humanitarian emergencies, be they induced by climate disasters or armed conflicts. As a member of the Caritas network, we are able to respond to emergencies quickly and effectively anywhere around the world.