Current Issues

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

Mann und Frau auf Sofa / DCV/Margit Wild

International aid

Help for refugees

It is the greatest refugee tragedy since the Second World War: The wars in Iraq and Syria are the cause of unimaginable suffering that doesn’t stop at the border. The German Caritas relief organisations support people directly in their countries and in neighbouring countries. more


City – Countryside – Future

Demographic change has long since become reality in the countryside. Bus connections are being thinned out, grocery shops are closing their doors, and there are no successors for doctors’ practices. But even here there are new ideas to be found, and the German Caritas organisation is pooling these ideas in its campaign. more

Ein Mitarbeiter setzt in eine Schranktür eine neue Glasscheibe ein. / art4 Lörrach

Caritas initiative

Living in solidarity

Solidarity is an existential component of a society that is worth living in. That is why Caritas organised get-together festivals across Germany in 2014. People from diverse cultures came together at over 250 “Café international” locations to celebrate. more

Logo youngcaritas wird auf Bühne gezeigt / Kerstin Stoll


Investing in the next generation

Take a stand for others, help create your own social environment and have fun and get appreciation while you are about it. These are formative experiences young people can gain on the new Caritas activity platform since 2013. At, they become active themselves. more



The new Caritas site for jobs and internships

Recruitment of new staff is becoming more and more important to Caritas. The demographic change is bringing about a higher demand for professional staff, especially in the field of care for the sick and elderly. In order to better reach potential applicants, the German Caritas Association has set up its own online job portal. more

Pedro Citoler


More women in managing positions

Around 80% of those working with Caritas are women – however men dominate at the management levels. The project, Into Management on Equal Terms, is aimed at changing this. At five pilot locations, conditions have been achieved to benefit both sexes in the equal opportunities process. more

Kinder zeigen auf selbst gemalte Bilder / Caritasverband Remscheid

Caritas study

Improving education opportunities for young people

For Caritas, every school-leaver without a certificate is one too many. This is why Caritas President Neher is demanding more equity in education for Germany. He is calling on the Federal States, districts and towns to become proactive and reduce the proportion of young people without a school-leaving certificate. more

Abschluss der Kampagne "Stell mich an, nicht ab!" vor dem Reichstag / Benjamin Mohrich


Hire me, don’t fire me!

In the 2013 election campaign for the German Bundestag, Caritas called attention to the difficult situation of long-term unemployed people with the campaign, Hire me, don't fire me! Many affected people in more than 100 cities went on the streets and in front of the Reichstag in Berlin. Their message: “Give us a chance, we want to work!” more

What's New

Competition, Values and Participation

The social care services provided by Caritas have to balance users’ interests, market mechanisms and tough competition. We have asked ourselves, ‘How can we, as an organisation, stay true to our mission while ensuring, promoting and empowering the participation of those seeking help?’ more

Andre Bonn, Fotolia


Save energy and protect the environment

The Caritas project "Energy Savings Checks" offers non-obligatory advice for people who otherwise have little to do with issues like energy saving and environmental protection. Each consultation is individually tailored to the customer‘s consumption of electricity, water and heating. more

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