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A world at peace and without poverty, for sustainable development, is not only the goal of Caritas, but also of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It supports Caritas Switzerland with a large annual contribution to our programmes and projects. Moreover, we cooperate closely with the SDC within the framework of several mandates and projects.
The Medicor Foundation has supported our project work for many years, and not only financially. With its great expertise, the Foundation also supports us in an advisory capacity. This long-term partnership enables reliable planning and is based on mutual trust.
Migros sends a strong signal of solidarity with people in need in Switzerland. At Christmas time, it collects donations for projects to alleviate poverty, which it supplements with one million Swiss francs. The proceeds go to Caritas Switzerland and four other aid organisations.
ALDI SUISSE fulfils its social responsibility not only with Fairtrade products. It has also supported the Caritas Markets for many years, and since 2011 has sold goods under the Caritas label for the benefit of children and their families at risk of, and affected by, poverty in Switzerland.
Bi- and multilateral donors
Agence française de développement (AFD)
Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
European Commission - Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
European Trust Fund for Africa
US State Department
Foundation Ernst Göhner
Foundation Mercator Schweiz
Leopold Bachmann Foundation
The Swiss Government
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
Federal Office of Culture (FOC)
State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)
Human Security Division (AMS) of the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs
Caritas is a founder member of the AGUASAN working group. In this interdisciplinary forum, specialists from the fields of water provision, waste water treatment and hygiene in developing countries discuss and share their experiences and knowledge.
Alliance Sud is the common platform for development policy of the six Swiss development organisations Swissaid, Catholic Lenten Fund, Bread for All, Helvetas, Caritas and Heks. It works to promote coherence in Switzerland's development policies towards poor countries. www.alliancesud.ch
CURAVIVA Schweiz is the national association of more than 2400 retirement homes and social institutions. Together with Curaviva, Caritas organises an educational series on the subject of palliative care in retirement and nursing homes. www.curaviva.ch
Forum for the Integration of Migrants
The Forum for the Integration of Migrants is the umbrella organisation of migrant organisations in Switzerland and their official representative. It has no political or religious affiliations.
Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF)
The Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF) of swisspeace is a networking platform for actors in civil peace promotion, and promotes discussion and learning processes on individual countries and topics. Caritas Switzerland is a member organisation of KOFF. www.swisspeace.ch
Caritas is a pioneer of fair trade in Switzerland. That is why in 1992, jointly with Bread for All, Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, HEKS, Helvetas and Swissaid, it founded the Max Havelaar foundation. Caritas continues to be an important voice in the association. www.maxhavelaar.ch
Caritas is a founder member of the climate foundation myclimate, which has become one of the world's leading providers of voluntary greenhouse gas offsetting measures. Caritas cooperates with myclimate in various climate protection projects. www.myclimate.org
University of Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) is the University of Bern’s centre for sustainable development research. Caritas Switzerland hosts students of the CDE and is using and sharing knowledge through the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) system.
Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights
Through studies, meetings, information campaigns and training, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights makes a practical contribution towards strengthening the capacities of authorities at all levels, civil society and the business community to protect and promote human rights in Switzerland, and stimulates public discussion of the topic of human rights. It is active in six areas: migration, police and justice, gender policy, child and youth policy, institutional issues, and economy and human rights. Caritas Switzerland has a seat on the SCHR advisory board. www.skmr.ch
Swiss Conference for Social Aid and Welfare (SKOS)
The Swiss Conference for Social Aid and Welfare (SKOS) drafts recommendations and guidelines for defining and assessing social aid. Its members include representatives of Federal, cantonal and community social services departments, as well as private organisations. www.skos.ch
Swiss Refugee Council
The Swiss Refugee Council represents the interests of its members, including Caritas Switzerland, and works at the political level for the introduction of a fair and correct legal protection process. www.fluechtlingshilfe.ch
Foundations and Swiss Government
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