Our global network

Caritas Australia is the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development in Australia. The organisation is part of Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world for the poorest of the poor in over 200 countries and territories.

Caritas Samoa

One of the largest international humanitarian networks, Caritas assists people regardless of their ethnicity, political beliefs, gender or religion.

Before, during and after the headlines, Caritas is working to uphold the human dignity of those at greatest risk. And whether natural disasters or humanitarian crises capture the public’s attention or not, we remain committed to respond with compassion.

Our organisation provides a beacon of hope for millions of children, women and men in times of hardship and contributes to the development of social justice in times of peace.

Caritas’ role is large and varied, and includes integral development, emergency relief, advocacy, peacebuilding, respect for human rights, and support for stewardship of the planet’s environment and resources.

Our approach

African farmer in his field

The Caritas approach is based on Catholic Social Teaching which focuses on the dignity of the human person. Caritas Australia is committed to building a just world by empowering local organisations and enabling the world’s most vulnerable communities to be the architects of their own future.

A commitment to working at the grassroots underpins our capacity to ensure that development initiatives reach the most marginalised populations. We also assist the world’s poorest to access a greater share of resources, encouraging environmental sustainability, equity and respect.

Caritas Australia is committed to:

  • Strengthening local capacity
  • Improving access to essential services
  • Working to sustain natural resources
  • Creating opportunities for education and employment.

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Our reach

Our worldwide network and international partners are able to identify issues at the grassroots, analyse them at national and international levels, and then take action locally, regionally and globally.

Logos of the international Caritas network

To find out more about the international Caritas network visit the Caritas Internationalis website.

Caritas Australia works in over 29 countries, including Indigenous Australia. We support development programs in:

Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Peru 

Africa: Congo (DRC), Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Asia: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, Timor-Leste

Pacific: Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu