The principles and guidelines of our international work

The principles and guidelines of our international work

The Principles and Gu >Caritas gets involved wherever they are.

Caritas aspires to be effective in the future.

We provide assistance and protection to everyone, regardless of race, religion, nationality or political persuasion. When we plan to distribute aid most effectively, we focus only on the individual situation of the people affected.

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Caritas Germany stands up for the victims of violent clashes, conflicts and natural disasters. We help fight for those who are poor and marginalized. Regardless of political interests are at stake, we look for ways that lead to justice, peace, reconciliation and dialogue.

These are local, national and global policy-makers.

Respecting and Protecting Human Dignity

Caritas Germany encourages people to help themselves and does not try to deprive them. We actively work to protect human rights as well as to improve the environment. In our view, their strengths and skills hold the key to their being.

Caritas Germany works to those in need so they can shape their own futures. This is why cooperating with local Caritas staff is vital. They are familiar with the local conditions, they have emotional and family ties to the area, and they are trusted by their fellow citizens. They follow the principle of providing aid effectively.

Staff from Caritas Germany in the field when local Caritas organizations require additional support or local networks are overwhelmed by the scale of a crisis situation. Caritas works with local civil society partners in many of its projects.

Caritas Germany respects and promotes the responsibility, skills and expertise of its local partners. Our joint aid efforts focus on people’s ability to help. When forging close links with partners, it is essential to have mutual respect, the highest possible transparency and readiness to enter into dialogue. These characteristics form the basis for the effective implementation of our programs.

Our help supports the efforts of our local partners according to the principle of subsidiarity. When necessary and effective, these experts have come to an agreement.

Action Based on Need

Caritas Germany’s humanitarian projects are organized according to people’s cultures and customs. We respect the social context to avoid inadvertently causing more injustice and conflicts. Local resources and opportunities are crucial to our planning. We procure relief locally in order to promote local economic cycles.

Caritas Germany takes care that does not lead to a long-term dependency. It is only in exceptional cases that we support relief programs which require a long-term financial commitment from abroad.

Sustainable Support

Caritas Germany’s involvement goes far beyond immediate survival needs. We support sustainable development through mid-term reconstruction and rehabilitation projects – ie in disaster areas.

Ensuring Financial Transparency

The work of Caritas Germany is only possible through the funding we receive from donors and government institutions. We ensure a high level of transparency and a conscientious allocation of our funds. Caritas network for the administration, implementation and accounting of funds. The German Central Institute for Social Affairs (DZI) has awarded Caritas Germany a seal of approval for the planning and implementation of the project.

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