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Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia is the Catholic agency for international aid and development in Australia.

Through effective relationships with the Church, partners and communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, the Pacific and with First Australians, Caritas Australia helps to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Our programs promote the good of every person and of the whole person, regardless of ethnicity, religious, political or cultural beliefs.

We envisage a world in which women, men and children most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice are agents of their own change and architects of their own development.

All of our community development programs, including emergency relief, food security, water, sanitation and healthcare, promote an integrated approach to human development.

In 2016 we had 129 long-term programs and 120 partnerships in 29 countries. Every year we also respond to humanitarian emergencies across all regions.

Our approach to development is grounded in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and the Integral Human Development (IHD) approach promotes the dignity of the human person, equality among all peoples and the common good of all people in the community.

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