CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International.

Across the world CAFOD strives to bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. CAFOD works with people of all faiths and none.

Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.

The mission of CAFOD is to work alongside the world’s poorest people. CAFOD works without prejudice, does not preach, and we prides itself on diversity. CAFOD believes that Catholic values are best shown through working for justice and an end to poverty.

CAFOD’s ‘Vision, Mission and Values’ draw directly from Catholic Social Teaching, Scripture and the tradition of the Church.

As well as asking supporters to donate and campaign, CAFOD places equal importance on prayer. Prayer informs and underpins its work.

CAFOD funds work to ensure women and men in developing countries can make a decent living, access markets, and meet their families’ needs long term. In particular by:

  • increasing access to clean water, education and healthcare.
  • ensuring the private sector adopts fair working practices and conditions.
  • helping partners to set up effective programmes and services in their communities.
  • lobbying the UK government and EU to implement policies which help developing countries.


CAFOD funds work with vulnerable communities before, during and after emergencies happen to:

  • ensure they have the resources to survive, minimise and recover from emergencies and environmental threats.
  • work for peace and security, reducing the risk of violence, forced displacement or armed conflict.
  • lobby the UK and EU governments to prevent, respond and resolve conflicts and emergencies.


CAFOD challenges those with power to adopt policies that promote justice and end poverty by:

  • lobbying, petitioning, marching, and being vocal at key events.
  • working individually and through networks to create a powerful voice for change and justice.


CAFOD works with the Catholic Church of England and Wales to raise awareness and inspire commitment to end injustice and poverty in developing countries. It:

  • encouraging Catholics to give, take action and pray, both individually and communally.
  • linking Catholics in England and Wales with communities in developing countries, based on dignity and equality.
  • empowering and educating young Catholics to respond to the call for global justice.


The parish CAFOD co-ordinator is David Clements.