Integrated Human Development
Caritas Australia’s work is shaped by Catholic Social Teaching (CST). As a result, we take an integrated approach to development or what is called ‘Integral human development’. It is transformative and works to ensure a holistic approach by addressing all aspects of poverty and injustice across Caritas Australia’s relief, rehabilitation and development work.
Integral human development considers the holistic development of the human person, covering all aspects of life: social, economic, political, cultural, personal and spiritual. It promotes the dignity of the human person, equality between every person and the common good of all people in the community.
In the 1967 encyclical Populorum Progressio, Pope Paul VI introduced the concept of integral development: