D&P coming to grips with austerity
By Michael Swan
TORONTO (CCN) — The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is hiring, but by the time the new employees are at their desks the Catholic aid agency will have reduced its full-time staff by 15 per cent.
The six job openings — two full-time permanent positions and four
part-time contract jobs — are filling vacancies that have come
up over the last year from retirements, expired contracts and voluntary
resignations, said executive director Michael Casey. D&P had frozen
all hiring over the last year while awaiting a funding decision from
After two years working with CIDA officials on a plan for
continued development work in Africa, Asia and Latin America, then CIDA
Minister Bev Oda announced in March her government would extend funding
to select projects in just seven countries, leaving most of the 186 projects
D&P runs in 30
In June D&P’s national council approved a restructuring
plan that will reduce staffing 15 per cent by Sept. 1. The plan reduces
its budget by $5 million this year.
But the Canadian partner in the international Caritas network
is also planning for a future with less government support. The organization
is shifting resources into fundraising and outreach in what some are
calling a “re-launch.”
“The restructuring plan was developed following an extensive consultation
process with our membership and staff over the past year as the organization
adapts to new challenges in our external environment, most notably the
significant reduction in government financial support for our international
programs,” wrote Casey in an email to The Catholic Register.
The new positions are posted at www.devp.org.