CAFOD's work in Asia

CAFOD works in countries across Asia to combat poverty, respond to emergencies and uphold the rights of the continent's poorest and most vulnerable people to lift themselves out of poverty.

A man holding a satchel over his left shoulder talks with a local woman who has her back to the camera

Jamal is an agriculture expert working in southern Bangladesh. 

In some parts of Asia poverty has been significantly reduced. But there are still many communities which CAFOD works with that face severe poverty, continued inequality and social injustice. The region is frequently hit by large natural disasters and is exposed to the impacts of climate change, affecting the poorest and most marginalised.

Additionally, some countries and communities have experienced significant and prolonged violence. We work alongside both secular and faith-based partners to:

  • Tackle poverty by helping people make a living and provide for their families;
  • Support citizens and marginalized groups to be involved and have a say in the political decisions that affect them;
  • Help communities to be better prepared and cope with the impacts of climate change and natural disasters such as floods, cyclones and earthquakes;
  • Protect the environment and ensure its natural resources are managed in an ethical and sustainable way;
  • Promote peaceful, non-violent societies and support reconciliation;
  • Provide access to clean and safe water.

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