Swiss charity withdraws from five countries  

Catholic charity Caritas has announced that it will close offices in five out of the 20 countries in which it operates in the coming months. The reason: an expected shortfall in funding.  The countries affected are Bangladesh, India, Kenya, the Palestinian Territories and Colombia. There will be no job cuts. But some employees will be reassigned to duties in other countries, Caritas said in a statement on Friday. This will allow the charity to work more “effectively and efficiently” in other countries.   Caritas also wants to “consistently” implement aid in Indonesia and Mozambique as well as for the Venezuela crisis in Colombia and Brazil and aims to continue its support to countries affected by disasters.  Change  The move comes at a time of change in development cooperation. At the beginning of May, the Federal Council (executive body) announced that it wanted to shake-up Switzerland’s international development strategy. This included narrowing its focus 34 countries instead ...
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