As a member of Caritas International, the worldwide network of Catholic humanitarian agencies, CRS provides emergency relief and helps people in the developing world break the cycle of poverty by advancing the competency and leadership of local organizations.
Local Leadership (LL) is one of CRS’ most important differentiating elements in our Vision 2030 strategy. Our rationale for advancing LL starts with the Catholic Social Teaching principle of subsidiarity, which recognizes that human affairs are best handled at the level closest to the affected persons. We believe that program participants, as well as the institutions they are involved with, should play the central role in individual, community, and societal development. In fiscal year 2022, CRS collaborated with a total of 1,748 local partner organizations, including 653 institutions affiliated with the Catholic Church. During the same period, CRS invested $20.6 million in partner capacity strengthening efforts by sharing our best technical and operational know-how. Part of this work focuses on our sister Church partners.
The resources presented in this curated selection offer a sample of documentation to (a) learn about the journeys that colleagues from partner organizations and CRS have jointly taken over the years in advancing the work of the Church in various nations, and (b) a set of capacity strengthening resources intended to support the adaptation and replication of these journeys in other countries.
PDF Papers/ReportsIn the early 2000s, the Church in Rwanda was struggling to recover from dwindling external support and the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, and to respond to the overwhelming need of those left...
Capacity Strengthening with the Catholic Church of RwandaPDF Case Studies
Capacity Strengthening with the Catholic Church of RwandaThis case study describes how CRS and the Catholic Church of Rwanda developed a particularly successful partnership. CRS provided technical assistance, accompaniment and eventually modest funding for...
Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Case Study: Caritas IndiaPDF Case Studies
Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Case Study: Caritas IndiaCRS began operations in India in 1962 with the establishment of Caritas India. CRS and Caritas focus on emergency relief and disaster response, antitrafficking and livelihood programs. CRS funds...
KARUNA MISSION SOCIAL SOLIDARITY: A CARITAS MEMBER ORGANIZATION’S INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENINGPDF Learning Briefs
KARUNA MISSION SOCIAL SOLIDARITY: A CARITAS MEMBER ORGANIZATION’S INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENINGThis learning brief highlights how collaboration amongst Caritas Internationalis member organizations led to the enhanced effectiveness and efficiency of institutional strengthening of the Karuna...
How Capacity Strengthening Helped a Local Partner Grow by 4.1 Million in EthiopiaPDF Learning Briefs
How Capacity Strengthening Helped a Local Partner Grow by 4.1 Million in EthiopiaThis learning brief describes how Catholic Relief Services helped a local partner to reach 1.5 million more beneficiaries and increase its value by $4.1 million. The partner made dramatic...
The EMPOWER InitiativePDF Learning Briefs
The EMPOWER InitiativeEMPOWER, for Empowering Partner Organizations Working on Emergency Responses, promotes the leadership of humanitarian response by local organizations that have nationwide coverage. It is an approach...