Good Shepherd has a vision that all persons, with special awareness of women and girls, ought to share in the economic, social and spiritual benefits of our global wealth; that food, water, sanitation, shelter, health, education, and social supports be attainable for all. This commitment is based on Judea-Christian Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the ethical code of the “Golden Rule.”
Good Shepherd's response to economic justice is to express solidarity with those who are consigned to live in conditions of extreme poverty. The approach is to listen to their experiences, accompany them, develop holistic programmes to serve their needs, and support the contributions they make toward alternate policies. Good Shepherd works to increase its capacity to understand the dynamics of global economic exclusion so as to advocate effectively for economic improvement and social transformation. Aware of our own wealth and privileges, we perceive this as a call to personal and communal conversion. We also understand that there is a prophetic call to stand against the systems and structures of economic injustice.
Good Shepherd stands with all persons of good will who seek to eradicate poverty and support economic justice.
In Asia Pacific, Good Shepherd works within nation states and across borders for economic justice.
In some countries, Good Shepherd programmes offer skill development and income generation for people struggling against severe poverty.
Income Generating Programmes
In other countries in the region, projects are in place to assist with the marketing of products, and to raise consciousness about the issues of fair trade.