Development and Peace is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. Inspired by Gospel values, particularly, "the preferential option for the poor," the goals of Development and Peace are to support initiatives by people in the Global South to take control over their lives and to educate Canadians about North-South issues. Their education, advocacy, and fundraising work here at home is carried out by Development and Peace members from coast-to-coast.

During the past 42 years, Development and Peace has provided $531 million to finance 15, 200 projects in 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, $130 million of which has been allocated in emergency aid. Typical projects involve issues such as peace-building, human rights, agrarian reform, education, community development and economic justice. In the fiscal year 2007-2008, Development and Peace financed 234 programs and projects. Of these, 43 involved emergency aid for natural disasters or man-made problems like wars and civil disturbances.

For more information Development and Peace, please visit their website at www.devp.org

The Development & Peace Group gathers people together to explore issues of justice from a Catholic perspective, focusing on the sanctity of life at all stages. We work to support Development & Peace initiatives in the Global South through education, advocacy, volunteer activities and fundraising. 

This year, activities will include:

  • facilitating a social justice workshop for high school students 
  • participating in an Interfaith Tree Planting experience
  • 10 000 Villages fair trade products sale in November 
  • Kairos Blanket Exercise - an experiential workshop that tells the true story of the history of Canada held on January 20, 2017 in the Vitali Lounge, Wemple Hall at King's University College.
  • Watch “Proverty Inc.”, a movie that draws attention to racial segregation in Canada

King’s Development and Peace group meets Tuesday evenings in room KC218 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm for 1-hour conversations on issues of water, poverty, equality, food sovereignty, and fair trade from the lens of Catholic Social teaching. We also will facilitate a High School workshop focusing on this year’s Development and Peace theme “May Peace Be With Her.” We will share in a celebratory 100-mile pot-luck meal at the end of the year. All are welcome!

For more information, please contact Annette Donovan Panchaud at annette.donovanpanchaud@kings.uwo.ca or call 519-433-3491 ex 4423.