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Caritas Zambia approaches the work of human development in an integral and holistic manner.  This has been strengthened by the interaction of its constitutive structures of the Justine and Peace and Development.  Caritas Zambia's work of development focuses on both the people and the structures in which the people interact.  The focus on the people endeavours to achieve transformation of the people, conversion of hearts, building of better values and confidence towards life.  It is a process of building capacity among people to be masters of their own development.  The focus on structures on the other hand is recognition of the fact that there are external factors that can constrain human development and these need to be changed.  These factors could be political, economic, social, cultural and technological structures which people interact with on day to day basis.

On the basis of the above understanding, Caritas Zambia generates its programmes of work through strategic planning processes.  Currently, Caritas Zambia is implementing a four year Strategic Plan (2010 to 2013).  Informed by a detailed analysis of the Zambian context, the plan focuses on four key programme areas namely: Institutional Development Programme (IDP); Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (SLP);  Economic and Environmental Justice Programme (EEJP); and the Governance and Human Rights Programme (GHRP).

1.1    Institutional Development Programme (IDP)

The objective of this Programme is to enable Caritas Zambia and its Diocesan partners be efficient and effective in the delivery of programmes and execution of their mandates.  The specific sub programmes under IDP are:
•    Organisational Development
•    Formation and Training
•    Knowledge Management
•    Gender and HIV/AIDS

1.2    Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (SLP)

The objective of this programme is to promote household food and income security.  It also promotes emergency response and preparedness.  The specific sub programmes under SLP are:
•    Sustainable agriculture
•    Alternative livelihoods
•    Emergency response and preparedness

1.3   Economic and Environmental Justice Programme (EEJP)

The objective of this programme is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and influence national economic policies and reforms for the benefit of the poor and vulnerable.  The specific sub programmes under EEJP are:
•    Extractive Industries and Natural Resources
•    Social Accountability
•    Economic Justice

1.4     Governance and Human Rights Programme (GHRP)

The objective of this programme is to empower communities to participate and contribute to governance processes and claim their rights.  The sub programmes under GHRP are:
•    Human Rights and Access to Justice
•    Democracy and Local Governance
•    Parliamentary Liaison
•    Justice and Peace Formation

2.0    Our Track Record

Caritas Zambia is one of the leading Civil Society Organisations in Zambia with both regional and international linkages.  It permeates all Churches structures from the National, through Dioceses up to Parish level.  In the past three decades, the work of Caritas Zambia through the Episcopal Commissions for Justice and Peace and Development has contributed to national policy reforms, influenced governance practices and contributed to the improvement of livelihoods for the most vulnerable.  During disasters resulting from natural hazards like droughts and floods, Caritas Zambia has provided support to the affected households through relief and rehabilitation programmes.  This is the work that caritas Zambia still continues to do through its programmes but has strategically refocused in order to be relevant to the changing context.

Through its public education programmes, Caritas Zambia has been able to raise critical awareness on human rights and duties within the Zambian society.  Consequently over the years, social space for Civil Society Organisations involved in human rights work has been claimed and effectively used.  Caritas Zambia also works with regional and international structures of Justice and Peace in the AMECEA region and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.  It is also a member of Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Africa. 

3.0    Current Partners

We are indebted to our partners who have supported our work for a very long period of time, even in the face of world financial challenges that have been experienced in the recent past.  Our current partners are: Caritas Norway, CAFOD, Cordaid, CRS, Diakonia, Norwegian Church AID, OSISA, GIZ and Canadian Development and Peace.


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