Members & Observers
ABColombia is the joint advocacy project of a group of five leading UK and Irish organisations with programmes in Colombia: CAFOD, Christian Aid (UK and Ireland), Oxfam, SCIAF and Trócaire. Amnesty International and Peace Brigades International are observer members.
ABColombia develops the collective advocacy work of its member organisations.
Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD)
Is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. They stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local Church partners, they help people directly in their own communities, and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential. See more here
Christian Aid (UK and Ireland)
Are a partnership of people, churches and local organisations committed to ending poverty worldwide.They work for and with people of all faiths and none to fight injustice and pursue their vision of a world without poverty. See more here
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t inevitable. Oxfam’s motto is “we won’t live with poverty”. See more here
You will have seen reports of the sexual misconduct of some former Oxfam employees in Haiti in 2011 and in Chad in 2006. Oxfam have publicly apologised that this appalling behaviour that happened in their name. As an “organisation that fights for women’s rights”, they state that they have found “this disgraceful behaviour particularly hard to bear” and that they are “doing everything in [their] power to help stamp out abuse”.
- “I apologise unreservedly” – an open letter from Mark Goldring, Chief Executive, Oxfam GB
- “We will learn from these appalling events and we will change” – Caroline Thomson, Chair of Trustees.
- Oxfam commits to improvements in aftermath of Haiti reports 11th Feb 2018
- Oxfam releases report into allegations of sexual misconduct in Haiti 19th Feb 2018
Statement by ABColombia
Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF)
SCIAF are the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland. Inspired by the Gospel, and guided by Catholic Social Teaching, they reach out with love to their global neighbours in need, regardless of gender, class, race or religion. They believe in giving people in need a hand up, not a hand out. Helping people provide for themselves and their families, creating hope for the future. They are driven by the values of dignity, empowerment, solidarity and hope. See more here
Trócaire was established by the Catholic Church in 1973 as a way for Irish people to donate to development and emergency relief overseas. Their dual mandate is to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland. Trócaire works with local and church partners to support communities in over 20 developing countries with a focus on food and resource rights, women’s empowerment and humanitarian response. e and global poverty in Ireland.