Caritas Sri Lanka (CSL) from its inception has tried its best to maintain maximum standard of humanitarian services within its limited operational framework displaying greater transparency and accountability in its activities, programme and projects.

In addition, CSL as a faith based organization is registered under a Parliamentary Act. Therefore the organization does not fall under the category of NGO, making the organization indebted to adhere to the country’s Civil Law in all the interventions and humanitarian activities. Over the years CSL has tried its best to maintain the global standards in its operational outreach to the marginalized and  poor in the Sri Lankan society.

In this context, Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC conducted a workshop for the National Centre Staff and for Diocesan Directors enhancing their knowledge and application of the Caritas Internationalis Management Standards. The workshop was held at the SEDEC Auditorium, Colombo on 7th and 8th of February 2019.

Mr. Kushal Neogy, Sub regional Director – Partnerships (South Asia), Catholic Relief Services was the facilitator of the CIMS workshop. He shared the documents pertaining to the procedures and standards of the CIMS and enlightened the audience as to how the standards are adhered to and applied in the local operational contexts. The workshop was funded by Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

At the workshop, the teams worked on different aspects of the CIMS document and assessed how the present Humanitarian Operations are carried out by Caritas Sri Lanka adhering to the global standards. In addition they were briefed on the following Caritas policy documents.

– Humanitarian Policy

– Information Disclosure Policy

– Communication Policy

– Advocacy Policy

– Financial Manual / Policy

– Procurement Policy

– Complaints Handling Policy

– Fund Raising Policy

– Whistle-blowing Policy

– Human Resource Policy

– Anti-Money Laundering Policy

– Anti-Corruption Policy

– Transparency and Accountability Policy

– Value for Money Policy

 – Anti-Terrorism Policy

– Data Protection Policy

– Safeguarding Policy