Caritas Europa is a Catholic network working with people of all faiths to end poverty and to promote the dignity of all people.
They believe that people and the environment, not profits, should be at the heart of all policies. They oppose all kinds of exclusions and support all initiatives that promote sustainable development that benefit everyone and enable all people to find a meaningful role to play in society.
WHAT THEY DO
Caritas Europa has a permanent secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. The secretariat ensures that the messages and policy demands of their members are heard by the European institutions, such as the European Union and the Council of Europe. All their calls for change are based on the experiences of Caritas teams working on the ground.
HOW THEY WORK
Their strategic priorities are based on their four year strategic framework and decisions on how best to implement these priorities are made at their annual Regional Conference.
The network has three strategic priorities: advocacy; humanitarian aid and strengthening the network. The following working structures guide the network’s work on these priorities:
Action group – For each strategic priority, the network has a series of dedicated action groups composed of experts from the member organisations. The action groups meet regularly and make proposals based on the realities the member organisations experience on the ground.
Reference network – In order to ensure that the voice of all member organisations is heard when working on a topic, each action group has a supporting structure called reference network. These networks are composed of experts from across the network who are not necessarily sitting in an action group, but who make themselves available to contribute with their knowledge when necessary.
Steering group – Each strategic priority has a steering group. Each steering group is composed of two members of the Caritas Europa Executive Board and the Chairs of the relevant action groups. Together, they study the proposals of the action groups and ensure that there is consistency between the different proposals and with the network’s strategic framework. The steering groups approve the action groups’ proposals. However, if a steering group cannot reach an agreement, the decision is passed over to the Executive Board.See more