The aim of development cooperation is to solve the problems of developing countries in a long-term and sustainable way. We therefore focus primarily on the systemic causes of development problems. We also try to build as much as possible on the local potential, choose a solution with regard to the local context and involve the beneficiaries in the preparation and implementation of projects.
Plenty of opportunities to earn enough money for a dignified life is one of the basic preconditions for the development of societies. In several countries, therefore, we support the development of livelihoods, and this topic is often present in projects focusing primarily on another area. In Zambia, we support farmers by making new technologies and farming concepts available, and we are developing small businesses for refugees from neighboring countries. We also support small businesses in Georgia, where we strive to diversify our livelihoods in remote mountainous areas.
Health and social services
Access to quality health and social services by people in developing countries is limited, whether due to poverty or a shortage of professionals. That is why we are working in several countries to improve the quality and availability of health and social care. In Cambodia, we are improving the capacity of hospitals to care for mothers and children. We focus primarily on the system level, which allows us to achieve more lasting positive changes. In Georgia, we have long been involved in the development of cancer screening, quality management in healthcare and care for children with autism. We are strengthening the home care system in Moldova.
Agriculture and rural development
Rural development is one of the key areas for developing countries, as agriculture usually still plays an important role in their economies, and many of them face the problem of mass migration to cities. In Georgia, we focus on the development of a mountain district in Adjara in the west of the country, where we support small businesses. In Zambia, we work with small growers to intensify their production, develop an information system for farmers based on sending text messages and support the sustainable use of agricultural land using agroforestry approaches.
Sustainable management of natural resources
Natural resources, which are inherently limited, are generally even less accessible in developing countries, or threatened by depletion, due to inefficient governance, technological constraints or simple ignorance. This also applies, for example, to water, which we consider to be quite common in our conditions. In Mongolia, therefore, in cooperation with local companies and the state administration, we support the recycling of building materials and plastics. At the same time, we build on the know-how of European research institutions and experience from the commercial sphere.
Caritas Czech Republic started its development activities in Georgia in 2008. From the start of the Georgian program until 2015, CHCR projects were implemented mainly through local partner organizations.
Caritas Czech Republic has been operating in Moldova since 2004, when it launched its first development project in the country. From the start of the Moldovan program until 2017, CHCR projects were implemented mainly through local partner organizations.
Caritas Czech Republic started operating in Mongolia in 2006 and two years later we opened a mission there. From the beginning, our work in Mongolia was mainly focused on development projects, but we combined humanitarian aid.
Iraq's recent history has been strongly influenced by armed conflict, sectarian violence and the volatile political situation. In recent years, Iraq has been hit hardest by the invasion of the so-called Islamic State, which has ravaged the northwest of the country and millions of Iraqis have had to flee their homes.
Caritas CR has been operating in Cambodia since 2011. Our goal is to support sustainable development, especially in the areas of health care (ophthalmology and pediatrics), increasing the preparedness of the population to manage natural disasters and mitigating their impacts, increasing access to drinking water and sanitation, inclusive education or integration of people with shandicap into the labor market.
The Charity Mission of the Czech Republic in Zambia was established in May 2013 and is based in Mong, Western Province. The mission provides support for development cooperation and humanitarian aid in Zambia, in particular reproductive health and nutrition, economic empowerment through livelihoods and agriculture, and social protection for refugees.