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Who We Are – CIDSE

Who We Are

We are an international family of Catholic social justice organisations working for transformational change to end poverty and inequalities, challenging systemic injustice, inequity, destruction of nature and promoting just and environmentally sustainable alternatives.  

We work for a society based on social, economic and gender equality and solidarity, where the economy is at the service of society and functions within planetary boundaries. We aim at a fairer share of and limits in the use of global resources, and democratized governance where people regain control over their choices in economies based on the commons.  

We work for reforms with transformative potential: to move away from fossil fuels and extractivism, to limit global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees, to promote the right to food and agroecology, to regulate business to enforce human rights, to secure sustainable finance and fair wealth distribution, to support local communities to speak for themselves, to confront gender inequalities, and to enable sustainable ways of living.  

To make this happen we contribute to global movements and alliances of change, promote peoples’ solutions and alternatives and advocate at the international level.  

CIDSE brings together 18 member organisations from Europe and North America and its international secretariat is based in Brussels.

Download here our leaflet ‘Introducing CIDSE’.


Download here our Annual Report for 2017.


Download here our Strategic Framework for 2016-2021, or read more about it.