Our approach

Catholic identity and values

Our structure, mission, values, principles and approach to development and humanitarian aid reflect and originate from our Catholic identity and Catholic Social Teaching.

Democratic movement and culture of solidarity

Thousands of Canadians take part in constructive and positive education and advocacy activities, in solidarity with their sisters and brothers among the world’s most vulnerable populations who suffer from injustice, poverty or humanitarian emergencies.

Approach to development

Our approach, based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, emphasizes community participation, subsidiarity and partnership. As such, we only work with local organizations that know best their needs and do not employ staff overseas.

Sustainable and large-scale response to humanitarian emergencies

With the strengths of its networks and the mobilization of its membership, Development and Peace can raise significant sums and provide long-term assistance in response to humanitarian emergencies. As a member of the global Caritas network of more than 160 national Catholic development and humanitarian aid organizations, we can respond rapidly and effectively to emergencies anywhere in the world.

Canadian roots

Founded and headquartered in Canada, Development and Peace’s approach and programs reflect the values and priorities of Canadians, particularly of the Catholic community. The proximity between our organization and our members, donors and governing bodies means that we remain accountable to our stakeholders.

Track record of supporting partners who make an internationally recognized contribution to peace

Development and Peace has a proven track record of selecting and supporting partners whose programs make a tangible and lasting impact locally and internationally, including four Nobel Peace Prize recipients.