CAFOD has worked in sub-Saharan Africa since the 1970s. Today our work continues to span diverse cultures and environments across the continent with programmes in West Africa and the Great Lakes Region, Horn and East Africa, and Southern Africa.
We work with both Church and secular organisations at local, national and regional level to bring about positive and long-lasting change to the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable.
We work alongside our partners to:
tackle poverty in rural and urban areas by helping women and men to earn a living and provide for their families
support communities to sustainably manage natural resources and to protect and regenerate the environment
create more peaceful and just societies, especially for women and girls
support communities, civil society and Church leaders to have more say in political and economic life
respond to emergencies such as droughts, floods and armed conflict
help communities to recover and move into long-term development, as well as supporting them to be better prepared for the hazards they face.
News from Africa
We are in close contact with our sister agencies in the Caritas Internationalis network, who are assessing how best to support those most affected.
Saturday 19 August marks World Humanitarian Day, an international day which honours humanitarian workers and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.
Violent conflict continues in Sudan. Thousands of people have fled their homes to escape the fighting and are now running out of food, water and medicine.
We answer your questions about the global refugee crisis and explain how CAFOD is responding.
South Sudan has the most severe food insecurity in the world, with at least 7.7 million facing acute malnutrition or starvation, new research has found.
"We reach groups and communities that are very hard to reach": CAFOD's response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
CAFOD's country director tells us about Pope Francis' visit and how you are helping the Democratic Republic of the Congo to overcome diseases, food shortages, drought and conflict.
Thank you for your donations, fundraising and prayers this Harvest. Hear from Ibrahim, our Emergency Response Coordinator responding to the crisis across East Africa.
Pope Francis is visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan from 31 January to 5 February to meet with people who have been forced to flee their homes to escape violence, to pray for peace and an end to division.
Right now, in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan, thousands of families are fighting a serious hunger crisis.
In the face of drastically unpredictable weather patterns, many see education as offering a kind of security that pastoralism sadly no longer can.