Programme contribution to Caritas 2019-2020
Founded in 1901 as a catholic organisation, Caritas Switzerland (CACH) prevents, alleviates and combats poverty, while working across sectors and focusing on food security, access to clean and safe water, climate protection and disaster prevention, migration and education for children and adults. With its international programme that combines humanitarian work and development, CACH reaches out to 30 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia as well as in Eastern Europe.
Climate change and environment
Agriculture & food security
Disaster risk reduction DRR
- The livelihood of about 2.7 billion people depends on agriculture, largely on small farms. Climate change, humanitarian crises, inadequate access to arable land, unfair trade relations and lack of market services make it difficult for farmers to ensure food security. Globally, one in nine people still suffer from hunger. More than two billion people still have no access to clean drinking water and more than 2.5 billion lack sanitary facilities.
- There are 65.6 million forcibly displaced persons around the world today (UNHCR 2018). Natural disasters alone force about 25 million people to leave their homes every year.
- Protection of human rights for migrants has made little progress despite the fact that especially poor migrants are exposed to particular dangers. At the same time, migrants’ remittances contribute substantially to poverty reduction.
- Education is a key factor in the eradication of poverty. 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills of which more than 60 percent are women. 57 million children worldwide never even go to primary school.
- Food security is achieved and income from agriculture has increased
- Universal access to water and sanitation is achieved
- Resilience is increased, impact of climate change is mitigated
- Discrimination and exploitation of migrants has stopped
- Quality education and learning opportunities for all (including minority communities) are ensured, income has increased
- Humanitarian crisis situations are overcome
- Good practices and lessons learned in the field of migration will be identified based on the exchange of experience between SDC and Caritas, CACH has provided a contribution to reduce unsafe migration and increasing the impact of migration and migrants on development.
- Together with SDC and other institutional partners, Caritas has introduced coherent and consistent standards for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and functioning compliance mechanisms for a protected reporting and independent treatment of cases of inappropriate behaviour.
- With its expertise and experience, Caritas has actively contributed to the dialogue on the future of international cooperation.
- 96’215 farmers, pastoralists, and/or fishermen/women increased their productivity; 122’530 persons increased their income.
- Over 272’000 people were provided access to drinking water of improved quality, and for more than 65’000 people the hygiene and sanitation situation was improved.
- About 1 million persons have strengthened their resilience. Poor households improved their livelihoods and are better prepared to future shocks.
- Energy efficiency interventions saved 1’214’000 kWh (equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 220 average Swiss households).
- Over 2.5 million persons benefited from humanitarian assistance; additional 18’344 from reconstruction of schools and houses.
- 47’198 children enrolled in supported social & educational institutions; 17’622 children graduated from social & educational institutions; 13’534 persons gained access to employment and self-employment.
- ‘Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development’ (mdplatform), offers space for constructive policy dialogue. Its members and state agencies consulted on the official Swiss position on the Global Compact on Migration.
- The particular role of civil society became evident during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), when Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Platform members joined SDC as part of the official Swiss delegation.
- Following its field of activity ‘Education and Income’, Caritas Switzerland joined the Swiss Network for Education and International Cooperation (RECI) network in 2017.
- Caritas Switzerland
|Objectives||Enabling human development by eradicating poverty in all its dimensions by covering basic needs, strengthening resilience and enhancing equity.|
Results from previous phases:
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 19'600'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 4'900'000|
|Project phases||Phase 18 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020 (Current phase) Phase 17 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2018 (Completed) Phase 16 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016 (Completed)|