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Analyse and explain the work of one catholic agency working for world development.

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Part (a) (iii) Analyse and explain the work of one catholic agency working for world development The catholic agency that I will be analysing is CAFOD, the Overseas Development Agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. They began in 1961 and were officially set up a year later. They aim to eliminate poverty in the Third World and bring about a more just situation where everybody has a fair share. They work in partnership with local people in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe to tackle poverty. They bring comfort and support to provide materials such as water, food, shelter, education, and health and to help restore the dignity that all of us are entitled to as children of God. ...read more.

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They need to raise money; they can do this in various ways, like, sponsored fasts, sponsored walks, study sessions, posters, visits to schools and visits to parishes. When they get the money, they concentrate on giving the people long term aid, this where don't just give them something, but teach them something, so they can fend for themselves a lot longer than they would of if they were just given it. For example the parable of the fish, if you give a man a fish he wont be hungry for one day, but if you teach a man to fish, he wont be hungry for a lifetime. They teach them to fish, cook, dig, plant seeds and care for them, etc. ...read more.

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One of the main reasons for poverty in the developing world is that there is too much money spent on weapons and war etc, and drought etc. Another agency for overseas development is ODI - Overseas Development Institute, they are Britain's leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Their mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. They do this by locking together high-quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate. We work with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries. They like CAFOD do the same thing; try to help people suffering in underdeveloped countries. It is our Catholic duty to help people like this; only if people help will this world become more equal. John Vaye ...read more.

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