Current Issues

Here you will find texts referring to the topics which Caritas is currently focusing on in Germany.

Peter Neher hört interessiert zu. / Felix Groteloh


We need civic engagement and a clear legal framework

Interview with Caritas president, Prelate Dr Peter Neher, and climate expert Professor Dr Rainer Grießhammer (chemist, long-time head of the Oeko-Institut, author, and recipient of the 2010 German Environmental Award) on the climate crisis and social and ecological change. more

Mehrere Menschen drücken einen Buzzer. / Andrea Bartsch


Relaunch of the online consultation platform

Caritas’ online consultation has been up and running since 2006 and comprises 17 fields of consultation. In 2018, the Board decided to expand the federal programme. Digital media are now firmly incorporated in our everyday social interactions. more

Frau im Porträt / Nils Hasenau


Digitisation must benefit the people

Digitisation is a challenge for Caritas, because “Social needs digital”. Eva M. Welskop-Deffaa, Director of Social Policy and Professional Policy at the German Caritas Association, spoke with Dr Joana Breidenbach, founder of the Berlin think-and-do tank betterplace-lab, about how the organisation can ensure digitisation benefits us all. more

Corona-Virus in Nahansicht / Photo by CDC on Unsplash


Caritas Germany and the Corona outbreak

The Corona outbreak puts Caritas Germany under an enormous strain. At the same time it gives employees and volunteers the opportunity to come up with new, sometimes unconventional ways of helping others. more

Roboterhand und Menschenhand / Composer -


Developing a digital strategy is a necessity

Caritas is in the middle of a digital transformation: handovers in elderly care are organised via smartphone. Apps support the voluntary year (FSJ) programme and enable communication with refugees. And university cooperations are focussing on developing care robots. It’s time for a digital agenda! more

Junge Leute bei einer Demo / Udo Gottschalk/youngcaritas


Young, refreshingly unconventional and always right where the action is

20-year-old Tabea feels slightly uneasy ringing the doorbell of complete strangers in Berlin-Kreuzberg. She wants engage them in a conversation. The subject: open society. One of many projects of these committed to youngcaritas: finding out how people are faring with regard to living together. more

Gruppenbild / Birgit Betzelt/DCV


Door opener project helps refugees find jobs

Integration works when people become co-workers. And people who have only just arrived in Germany don’t yet have a network or connections. That’s why in November 2016 the digital project week “Become a door opener” was started, an initiative of the German Caritas Association. more

Junge Schülerinnen mit Kopftuch / Pieter-Jan DePue/Caritas-international

Caritas international

What is the impact of our humanitarian aid?

In emergency relief services, it is often necessary to act at a moment’s notice. How is it nevertheless possible to plan and control the impact? How can it be ensured that humanitarian aid achieves the desired positive results? And how is it possible to measure long-term improvement following humanitarian action? more

Ein älterer Mann und ein kleiner Junge in einem Zelt. / Caritas international/Christian Laas


A worldwide band of solidarity in refugee relief

Caritas is a global, cross-border solidarity movement, and this is most apparent in its refugee relief. Caritas supports people in flight in their local regions, in neighbouring and transit countries and in Germany. more

Flüchtlingsspot / DCV


On the way to a Caritas community on the web

Communication is becoming more and more digital. Since 2009, the German Caritas Association has been increasing its use of social media, and a socially empowered online community has been growing. A video on refugees showed the association just how far its reach may be. more

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