Caritas Singapore is a member organisation of Caritas Internationalis.
Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 165 members who are working at the grassroots in almost every country of the world. The diverse members give Caritas strength – from small groups of volunteers to some of the biggest global charities. Inspired by Catholic faith, Caritas is the helping hand of the Church – reaching out to the poor, vulnerable and excluded, regardless of race or religion, to build a world based on justice and fraternal love.
Caritas Internationalis has its headquarters in Rome – coordinating emergency operations, formulating development policy and advocating for a better world for everyone. All national Caritas organisations are members of their own regional Caritas networks and the international confederation.
From the founding of the first Caritas in Germany in 1897, to the setting up of Caritas Internationalis in 1951, until today, Caritas has a rich history of listening respectfully to the suffering of the poor and giving them the tools to transform their own lives. The deep moral and spiritual principles of dignity, justice, solidarity and stewardship still guide Caritas today.
Together, Caritas organisations work to strengthen ourselves, each other and the confederation through setting and living up to the Caritas Internationalis Management Standards. They are based on existing good practice and accepted global principles within the humanitarian and international development community. It also serves to safeguard our professional competence and efficacy in serving our neighbours.
The four Management Standards, each consisting of eight articles, cover:
- Laws and Ethical Codes
- Governance and Organisation
- Finance and Accountability
- Stakeholder Involvement
Caritas Singapore hosted the Caritas Internationalis Focus Group Workshop, an evaluation meeting from 8–9 November 2017. About 30 members of the Caritas family from 22 countries around the world came and sat together through presentations and discussions to evaluate the Caritas Management Standards.
Read more about it here!