The Catholic Church has long been a leader in holistic, inclusive, and sustainable human development – a story that is often overlooked. In responding to the unprecedented emergency of COVID-19, it has once again demonstrated its unique contribution to progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. As the world recovers from the economic shock of the pandemic, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church will continue to be unique voices in the international community calling other faith and development actors to work together. The Church’s role in the COVID-19 crisis and reconstruction is a vital example to share with the development community.
GSF also provides direct support for other important Church initiatives to promote development that is sustainable and inclusive, supporting its efforts to ensure development works for the benefit of all, including the most vulnerable.