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Agriculture Education Emergencies Health HIV and AIDS Microfinance Peacebuilding Water and Sanitation

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Integral Human Development

Integral Human Development (IHD) is a central component of the CRS agency strategy and the work CRS does with its partners. The concept, founded in Catholic social teaching, affirms that human development cannot be reduced or separated into component parts.  Rather, personal wellbeing can only be achieved in the context of just and peaceful relationships and a thriving environment. It is the sustained growth that everyone has the right to enjoy. IHD promotes the good of every person and the whole person; it is cultural, economic, political, social and spiritual.

CRS developed the IHD conceptual framework in 2003, building on the Sustainable Livelihoods and Livelihood Security frameworks that had been developed by the Department for International Development (DfID) and CARE, respectively. More.

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