Caritas Ghana is a Charity Organization of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) and member of the global Caritas Confederation. It operates under the National Catholic Secretariat.
The National Catholic Secretariat, which is the implementing arm of the Bishops’ Conference, was established in 1960 and was registered as a Corporate Body in 1962. As part of the restructuring of the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS) by the Bishops’ Conference in 2010, the new Department of Human Development (DHD) effectively represented Caritas Ghana (See NCS Restructuring Document Pages 11 &16). Caritas Ghana works in seven thematic areas namely; Social Development, Livelihood promotion, Social services, Promotion of Social and Environmental Justice, Public Policy Advocacy, Promotion of Pro-poor policies and Action Research.
Work on public policy advocacy on behalf of the poor and the promotion of the common good is central to Caritas Ghana. One example is its effort to include the ‘Right to Health’ in the National Constitution Review. Other high level advocacy initiatives of Caritas Ghana include the launch of a campaign on the ‘Right to Food’ as part of the Caritas Internationalis global campaign.
Presently, Caritas Ghana is registered in Ghana as a Non-governmental Organization with the Registrar of Companies under the Registrar General’s Department of Ghana with a certificate of incorporation and a certificate to commence business.
Registrar General Department Registration #: CG011952016
Aims and Objectives
- To promote effective institutional structures and functioning of the Church’s service of charity at National, Diocesan and Parish levels.
- To promote the Catholic Church’s Socio-pastoral work as a means of expressing the gospel message and the social doctrine of the church.
- To contribute to the enhancement of the dignity of the human person; especially the poor and the marginalized through their direct empowerment and their representation where they are excluded.
- To undertake social action research as a means to improving social-service delivery.