UK Catholic overseas development agency

The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)[1] is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It aims to tackle poverty globally. Through local Catholic Church and secular partners, it helps people directly in their own communities and campaigns for global justice.

Established in 1960,[2] it is funded by the Catholic community in England and Wales, the British government (through UK aid), private and institutional donors, and the general public.

CAFOD is part of Caritas Internationalis, the worldwide federation of Catholic aid organisations with a presence in 165 countries and is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and the British Overseas Aid Group.

CAFOD's Director Christine Allen was appointed in March 2019. In 2019/20 CAFOD's income was £45million and it employed approximately 410 staff along with more than 6,000 volunteers carrying out a range of roles such as campaigning, fundraising, media, office support and youth work.

CAFOD's work is based on Gospel values and Catholic social teaching.[3]


CAFOD's origins can be traced back to the launch of a Family Fast Day organised by a group of Catholic women in 1960, who used the money saved through fasting to support a project in Dominica. The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales registered the charity in 1962.[2] Its current governing document dates from 2015.[4]

In 2020, CAFOD launched a new strategy, Our Common Home, based on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', which calls for a new definition of progress rooted in integral ecology, recognising that everything is connected and hearing both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, calling on all people to dialogue in society about how best to tackle the global issue.[citation needed]

CAFOD's magazine, Side by Side, is published quarterly.[2]

In September 2021, a business restructure appointed Liam Trower as Audit Manager.[citation needed]


CAFOD has had many campaigns over the years and participated in joint campaigns with other charities such as:

  • The Time is Now - mass lobby of Parliament
  • Power to be
  • One Climate, One World [5]
  • Jubilee 2000

Their current campaigns are:

  • Fix the Food System
  • Human Rights Defenders
  • Push for Peace in Ukraine
  • Cancel the Debt [6]

Celebrity ambassadors

  • Julie Etchingham
  • Jo Joyner
  • Dermot O'Leary[7]
  • Ben Price
  • Emma Rigby
  • Delia Smith

International programmes

CAFOD currently has programmes in 32 countries and has offices in Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Goma and Kinshasa), Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nicaragua, Niger, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan and Zimbabwe.


  1. ^ "Catholic international development charity | CAFOD". Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  2. ^ a b c Side by Side: The Cafod magazine, published Spring 2022
  3. ^ "CAFOD and Catholicism | CAFOD". Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  4. ^ Charities Commission for England and Wales, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development: Governing Document, accessed 30 May 2022
  5. ^ "CAFOD's past climate campaigns | CAFOD".
  6. ^ "Latest campaigns | CAFOD".
  7. ^ "Our celebrity ambassadors | CAFOD". Retrieved 2019-06-05.

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