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Who we are

CIDSE is an international family of Catholic social justice organizations working for transformational change to end poverty and inequalities, challenging systemic injustice, inequity, destruction of nature and promoting just and environmentally sustainable alternatives.  

We work for a society based on social, economic and gender equality and solidarity, where the economy is at the service of society and functions within planetary boundaries. We aim at a fairer share of and limits in the use of global resources, and democratized governance where people regain control over their choices in economies based on the commons.  

We work for reforms with transformative potential: to move away from fossil fuels and extractivism, to limit global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees, to promote the right to food and agroecology, to regulate business to enforce human rights, to secure sustainable finance and fair wealth distribution, to support local communities to speak for themselves, to confront gender inequalities, and to enable sustainable ways of living.  

To make this happen we contribute to global movements and alliances of change, promote peoples’ solutions and alternatives and advocate at the international level.  

CIDSE brings together 18 member organisations from Europe and North America and its international secretariat is based in Brussels.

Change for the planet – care for the people is  a collective CIDSE initiative to connect

  • Poverty-inequality with environmental challenges and damages; 
  • Youth and decision makers; 
  • Our own lifestyles with our common home;


  • Inspiring messages, mobilizations and commitments;
  • Strengthening alliances and advocacy;

To promote sustainable lifestyles towards a better world for all. 

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