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MoU signed at Caritas Oceania Seminar

Caritas-lrgParticipants in the Caritas Oceania Seminar at North Sydney

The Caritas Oceania Seminar held at ACU’s North Sydney Campus this week on Catholic Approaches to Humanitarian and Development Work provided a most appropriate occasion for the signing by the University, Caritas Australia and Catholic Religious Australia of a Memorandum of Understanding set up by the Catholic Alliance for International Development (CAID).

Participation in the seminar by representatives from the countries in this region emphasised the importance of the Church’s work with the people in these countries.

CAID seeks to create a point of reference for proposed Church initiatives and an understanding of Catholic aid and development. It also promotes an integrated and cooperative approach to capacity building in poor and marginalised communities, and seeks to foster and facilitate a ‘whole of Church’ approach to international development.

Through the signing of this MoU by Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven, President of Catholic Religious Australia Sr Anne Derwin rsj, and CEO of Caritas Australia, Jack de Groot, the three parties committed themselves to this “whole of Church” approach to development.

The current regional focus for this development work is the Pacific and East Timor.

The signing of the MoU was followed by the launch of CAID’s publication Principles of Engagement on International Development Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching. These principles based upon the Church’s Social Teaching offer an important lens for partners to held each other accountable in international development initiatives.