Annual Report



from the President

© Broederlijk Delen

In 2018, the president of CIDSE was my predecessor Eamonn Meehan who led our organisation for an exciting year full of activities but marked specially by COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

It was a big moment for our sustainable lifestyles campaign “Change for The Planet – Care for the People” as a unique time and place in which to unite our volunteers.

Many of them spoke later of their time in Katowice as a turning point for them – how it was the first time they attended a political demonstration for climate, or they heard a moving story that opened them to a new perspective on the issue.

The volunteers also attended our public premiere of our new documentary “Energy to Change”, which connects the dots on personal engagement with integral ecology and the systemic changes we need to see in our energy systems.

Last spring, we also organised our first Systemic Change Forum in Leuven (Belgium). This merging of minds and hearts kicked off a fresh exploration of our core objective of global justice: to envision a new world with a system that addresses interlinked crises with holistic solutions to answer the cries of the earth and the poor.

All our priorities ran at full speed ahead: we launched a multimedia project on agroecology, carried out a directors’ visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. We continued to develop our approach to gender equality, and to put forward innovative proposals for addressing energy poverty and climate mitigation and resilience.

With our strong presence and engagement at the World Social Forum and the Thematic Social Forum on mining and extractives, we continued to explore with social movements how we can best support and amplify their inspiring work.

Our advocacy work in the field of business and human rights continued to rely on direct lobbying, but also to explore the use of storytelling through the testimonials of people affected by transnational corporations who seek justice in a context of corporate impunity.

We hope you will enjoy the new format of this annual report and invite you to read about our activities, achievements and ambitions!
Looking forward to working with you in 2019.

Lieve Herijgers

Director, BroederlijkDelen (Belgium)

Best of 2018

Areas of Work

Systemic Change

At CIDSE, we strive for a holistic transformation that pervades all parts of society. This involves looking at current injustices and inequalities; ecological dysfunction; and climate change with a unified approach. It also implies adopting a self-critical lens about the way we live and run our organisations.


Our Systemic Change Forum gathered the network to discuss together our vision of systemic change.


We made significant strides in defining our systemic change work and perspectives with resources.


Interviews filmed at the Forum: ‘Acting to transform our relationship with nature’

Gender Equality

We prioritise gender equality as a transversal priority, finding its implications within all our areas of work and making sure that women’s perspectives are heard and promoted.


We conducted trainings on gender equality in Africa and Europe.


The ‘Believe in Change’ gender toolkit was developed to support the Church in promoting gender justice.


The ​ gender equality blog​ is written by CIDSE partners and allies, to find how gender intersects with climate justice, extractivism and more.

Laudato Si’

The wisdom contained in the ground-breaking encyclical ​ Laudato Si’ ​ by Pope Francis in 2015 constitutes our main guiding framework and source of inspiration in the fields of climate justice, corporate regulation and more. We are committed to spreading its message through our work.


Conference ‘Saving our common home and the future of life on earth’


Laudato Si’ is present across our work, provoking specific reflections in our resources.


In our Voices for Change blog, we featured the piece: ​ What’s the place of transition in the Christian message​?

Business and Human Rights

CIDSE’s work in the field of business and human rights aims to end corporate negligence in the form of human rights violations and environmental degradation. CIDSE advocates for a UN Binding Treaty to regulate transnational corporations’ activities. CIDSE works together with partners struggling against extractive industries to support their demands of
corporate accountability and justice especially at UN and EU levels.


Visit​ of a high-level delegation of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) in Brussels.


CIDSE’s submission​ to the 4th​​ session of the UN binding treaty negotiations.


We gathered ​testimonies from our partners​ on the impacts of transnational corporations and the need to protect human rights and the environment.

Alternatives to extractives

The extractive sector and particularly mining have a destructive impact on the social fabric and the environment of many communities. The growing demand for materials from our high-consumption economy exacerbates this trend. CIDSE joins many grassroots groups in advocating for a different system of production and consumption; one that prioritises access for all to basic goods and services without overexploiting the earth.


Thematic Social Forum on mining and the extractivist economy in South Africa.


Several important resources were published urging for an ecological conversion and alternatives to extractives.

Land rights

All over the world the phenomenon of land grabbing and land expropriation is disrupting communities, threatening their ability to cultivate crops and thus their access to food, and interrupting their traditional agricultural methods. CIDSE’s work on land looks at resistance to land grabbing and systems of community land management.


CIDSE supported a ​Caravan in West Africa against extractivism, land grabbing, and resource depletion​, demanding the preservation of resources of Africa for future generations.


New resource on land in Africa and Laudato Si’.


Interview with Mirtha Vásquez​ , a lawyer from Grufides in Peru who works to defend people who experienced land expropriations by mining companies.

Israel & the occupied Palestinian territory

The CIDSE working group on Israel & the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), together with partners in the region, aims at promoting the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace, based on international law, including relevant UN resolutions, leading to self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians​ .


In April, directors and representatives of seven CIDSE member organisations travelled to the region to meet Palestinian and Israeli partners and the communities they serve.


CIDSE and EuroMed Rights sent a joint letter to Federica Mogherini​, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to draw the European Union’s attention on the imminent demolition of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in Israel.


We published two articles by Gerry Lee​ (Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns) and ​ Maria Gonzalez (CAFOD) who joined the CIDSE April delegation to Israel and the oPt.

Resilient food systems

Food security is essential for any community, yet it is affected by a complex series of variables, including agricultural production methods, rural development, ecological sustainability and privatisation. We are working to combine the collective knowledge from our partners and members on the ground to design food systems that can help communities take control of their food supply.


We launched our publication ‘The Principles of Agroecology’ at a ​ side event in Rome​ during the 2nd FAO International Symposium on Agroecology.


CIDSE produced a publication, ‘The Principles of Agroecology’, and supported other major reports on food systems.


The Principles of Agroecology included a multimedia dossier, and we continued to explore agroecology from a systemic changeand gender perspective.


With each year that passes since the Paris Agreement was adopted at COP21, the carbon budget decreases, and our engagement with the process increases. But no matter what happens inside the negotiations, we take the opportunity of the COP to unite civil society to push for a just energy transition, with or without the support of member states.


We brought together the voices of high-level academics and movement-builders in panels at COP24 in Katowice, Poland and the Climate Vulnerable Forum.


We released the publication ‘The Climate Urgency’, to bring together promising proposals for transforming production and consumption in society to stay within 1.5°C warming.


Volunteers from CIDSE member organisations who travelled to Poland for the COP24 conference shared their experiences in a series of ​ blog articles​.


We have continued to gather evidence that responding to the need of vulnerable populations for energy access is not in conflict with the need to rapidly decarbonise our energy systems. The human need for energy security, and the human need for healthy ecosystems are real, and there are alternatives to megaprojects and fossil fuels, alternative that are being tested by communities, giving them the autonomy to design the energy systems that work for them.


Recognising the multidisciplinary nature of our work on energy, we organised events at the intersection of energy with finance and extractives.


We commissioned research into EU financing of energy projects in the development context.


We continued to highlight the voices and experiences of our partners on the injustices of current energy systems.

Change for the Planet - Care for the People

It is hard to compare the power of face-to-face exchanges in changing our own mentalities. The young activists we gather in camps across Europe talk afterwards of these gatherings as a life changing moment. Together, they offer each other support and knowledge about how to live their values in the way they produce and consume, and how they can push decision-makers to make their lifestyle choices the norm.


Volunteers came together in Belgium, Spain and Poland to reinforce their commitment to reducing their footprint on our common home.


We are developing tools and graphics to keep our volunteers motivated to live sustainably.


We have captured the personal journeys of people across the world as they strive to live in harmony with the earth.

Coming up



Launch of
Investor-State Dispute Settlement
(ISDS) campaign

Launch of
CIDSE strategic plan 2016-2021
mid-term review


Launch ‘Save the Amazon, She will Save You’


Release of the new CIDSE website

‘Our Common Home’ youth camp, UK


5th session of the UN
UN Binding Treaty negotiations,

46th session of the
Committee on World Food Security, Rome


COP25, Chile

Governance structures and finance


The Board of Directors is composed of the directors of the 18 Member Organisations. The Board meets twice a year and is responsible for the general running of CIDSE, particularly for reviewing current activities and formulating policies for the future.


The Executive Committee is the implementing and supervising arm of the Board of Directors.

  • President: Lieve Herijgers (Broederlijk Delen)
  • Members: Patrick Godar (, Msgr. Pirmin Spiegel (MISEREOR), Alistair Dutton (SCIAF)
  • Ecclesiastical Assistant: Mgr. A. Tesfaselassie Medhin (Eparchy of Adigrat/Ethiopia)
  • Treasurer: Derk Maarten Johannes (Cordaid)
  • Secretary General: Josianne Gauthier

The Ecclesiastical Assistant, the Treasurer Secretary and the General are non-voting members.

Working groups

CIDSE member agencies work together in working groups, platforms and fora on the issues defined in the strategic plan. The CIDSE Secretariat facilitates the working groups and ensures communication between the member agencies and the overall coherence of CIDSE’s work.


CIDSE is funded by membership fees and additional resources from its members for special projects.
In 2017, a two-year grant agreement was signed with the KR Foundation in favour of the ‘Change for the Planet – Care for the People’ campaign. CIDSE is grateful to the KR Foundation for their financial support.

CIDSE core expenditure 2018

974,723.38 €


661,679.18 €

Advocacy and events

28,960.61 €

Programme cooperation

185,061.43 €

Network coordination

86,385.00 €

Administration and secretariat

12,637.16 €


The CIDSE Secretariat also coordinates the following projects:

50,730.32 €

Israel-occupied Palestinian territory

254,898.04 €

‘Change for the Planet – Care for the People’ campaign

67,071.59 €

Enhancing capacities for coordinated advocacy for sustainable development

372,699.95 €


CIDSE’s finances are reviewed annually by an external auditor.



We are an international family of Catholic social justice organisations 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.

Our Members

CIDSE brings together 18 member organisations from Europe and North America.



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The Netherlands




The Netherlands



CIDSE works closely with diverse local and international alliances and organisations.

It is a member of Concord, the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Climate Action Network-Europe and the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).


The CIDSE Secretariat facilitates and coordinates the common efforts of its members, represents CIDSE at the EU and international levels and undertakes advocacy activities and other initiatives in collaboration with its members to contribute towards systemic change and global justice. The Secretariat is organised into teams that coordinate various working groups in order to achieve its objectives:

  1. Societal and ecological transformation
  2. Communities regaining control over the commons
  3. Facing climate change: just and sustainable food and energy models
  4. Change starts with us

CIDSE Management Team

Josianne Gauthier

Josianne Gauthier

Secretary General

Denise Auclair

Denise Auclair

Senior Advisor

Chiara Martinelli

Chiara Martinelli

Senior Advisor


Inês Barral

Inês Barral

Finance and Administrative Assistant

 Anya Frances Verkamp

Anya Frances Verkamp

Digital Communications Officer

 Frederick Swinnen

Frederick Swinnen

Policy Officer Israel-Occupied Palestinian Territory

Manny Yap

Manny Yap

Land Rights Officer

François Delvaux

François Delvaux

Climate & Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Officer

Sylvia Obregon Quiroz

Sylvia Obregon Quiroz

Corporate Regulation and Extractives Officer

 Saïd Ben Seddik

Saïd Ben Seddik

Technician and Programmer, Office Maintenance

Jassin Fetahovic

Jassin Fetahovic

Gender Equality & Systemic Change Officer

 Marie-Paule Ogereau

Marie-Paule Ogereau

Communications and Administrative Assistant

 Hannah Twomey

Hannah Twomey

External Funding Officer

Marta Isabel González

Marta Isabel González

Media and Communications Officer

 Yvette Pierret

Yvette Pierret

Office Administration and Logistics Assistant

Giorgo Gotra

Giorgo Gotra

Campaign’s Project Assistant

During 2018, CIDSE paid farewell to Eamonn Meehan, former Director of Trócaire (Ireland) and former CIDSE President, as well as to Heidi Höok and Agnieszka Burda. CIDSE thanks them for their valuable contributions to our work.

External support

Wim Hendrix, Finance Consultant
Bea Lambrecht, Human Resources Consultant