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Peace and Development

Check out the Peace and Development site.  Their “About” page explains:

“Development and Peace is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. Inspired by Gospel values, particularly “the preferential option for the poor,” the goals of Development and Peace are to support initiatives by people in the Global South to take control of their lives and to educate Canadians about North-South issues. Our education, advocacy and fund-raising work here at home is carried out by Development and Peace members from coast to coast.

Typical projects involve issues such as peace-building, human rights, agrarian reform, education, community development and economic justice.  In fiscal year 2007-2008, Development and Peace financed 234 programs and projects. Of these, 43 involved emergency aid for natural disasters (e.g. floods and earthquakes) or man-made problems (e.g. wars and civil disturbances).

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) helps to finance the work of Development and Peace. The audited financial statements are available on request.

As mentioned above, Development and Peace is a member of Caritas Internationalis, and CIDSE, two world-wide networks of Catholic organizations for international development and emergency aid.”  (the page also has an intro video that I can’t link to 😦 , sorry).

This looks like a very solid organization, and as I once said (in German, as it happens) at a conference:  “If the Catholic Church commits itself to peace and world order, I would be the first to applaud”.

Why are the Canadians always in the forefront of things like this?  I dunno, but way to go!


December 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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