Good Shepherd International Foundation


The Good Shepherd International Foundation (formerly known as the Mission Development Office) was created in 2007 by the Congregational Leadership Team in Rome to:

  • Develop and expand a global network of donors and partners willing to support Good Shepherd Sisters’ ministries in the developing countries;

  • Prepare project proposals in collaboration with the Good Shepherd Sisters' units in Africa, Asia and Latin America to match them with prospective international donors and submit applications for funding;

  • Link with the donors to manage the grants and support the sisters in reporting  to improve the projects’ accountability;

  • Train sisters and lay partners in grant-seeking and project management;

  • Raise awareness of Good Shepherd Sisters’ initiatives in poverty eradication, human trafficking, peace building at global level.

The Good Shepherd International Foundation supports the programs of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd and their partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, that strive to protect and promote human rights and economic justice in the poorest countries and communities of the world, with the objective of eradicating poverty, preventing human trafficking, protecting the rights of migrants, and protecting girls, women and children from all forms of violence and discrimination.


Since 2008 the Mission Development Office has been registered in Italy as the Good Shepherd International Foundation ONLUS. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors, appointed by the Congregational Leadership Team. The Board is chaired by the President.


Mission Development Office - Good Shepherd International Foundation -

Annual Report 2018

Click here - Good Shepherd International Foundation Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Click here - Good Shepherd International Foundation Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Click here - Good Shepherd International Foundation Annual Report 2016

Dr Cristina Durante, Mission Development Office Dr Cristina Durante, Director


The staff of the Foundation includes:

  • Cristina Duranti, Director, who is responsible to report to the Board and the CLT about the activities and the results achieved by the Foundation annually, develop the partnership with the Sisters in the target countries, with the potential and existing donors, supervise the grant management, prepare application for funding.

    To contact Cristina, email

  • Andrea Curreri, Resource Coordinator for Women Projects, who is responsible to coordinate the multi-country project Networking our Way out of Poverty in Thailand, Kenya, Philippines, until the end of 2013  and to support the sisters of  Angola, Mozambique, Kenya in assessing their needs, planning new projects and managing the grants received.

    To contact Andrea, email

  • Sr. Yolanda Borbon, Treasurer, is responsible for the Administration and Financial Management of the Foundation;

  • Sr. Gemma Dinglasan, Assistant to the Treasurer, is responsible for the accounting;

  • Sr. Elaine Basinger, President of the Foundation’s Board.

  • The GSIF also collaborates closely with Sr. Margaret Lynch who is the Link Officer with Misean Cara ( the Irish agency which supports Irish missionary projects in the developing countries.


Regional developments

2018 Launch of new branch 2018 Launch of new branch of GSIF, in Nepal

In 2010 the Province of Lebanon-Syria began to develop a local MDO in Lebanon which works in collaboration with the MDO in Rome and is coordinated by Sr. Antoinette Assaff. Thanks to the support offered by the Australian Volunteers Association, which provided a professional volunteer for 2 years the office has been established and is now supporting the sisters in Lebanon and Syria to fundraise for their programs with national and international partners.

In 2013, the MDO began to work with the Province of Bolivia-Chile and the Provincial leaders of REAL to develop an MDO Latin America , based in Bolivia, supporting the projects of the sisters in the region.

In 2016, an MDO was established in Asia Pacific.  Ms Theresa Symons is the Regional Manager., based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The Office mirrors the services offered by GSIF Rome such as capacity building, organizational development, resource mobilization and monitoring and evaluation.  

In 2018, after collaborating over the years with the Good Shepherd sisters in their work in human trafficking prevention and child protection in Nepal, the GSIF established a local branch based in Kathmandu.  GSIF Nepal will strengthen the Good Shepherd mission in Nepal, by offering more effective support to the programs through capacity building and organizational development activities.



GSIF receives Award - 25 October 2018

Good Shepherd International Foundation was presented with an award by the Lang Foundation as High Performing Non Profit. The award was presented in Milan to Cristina Durante, accompanied by team members Andrea Curreri and Sara Braga, and Brother Allen Sherry, board member, on Philanthropy Day in the presence of national and international speakers. 

GSIF was recognised for: 

  • Investing on the capacity and sustainability of non profit organizations.

  • Focusing on the results achieved by the organization rather than on its 'overhead'.

  • Designing projects based on the Theory of Change that puts outcomes rather than outputs at the forefront.

For more information on the Award go to


Other significant Achievements

Some achievements:

  • Consolidated the network of traditional Catholic funding agencies (Misean Cara Ireland, Missio Aachen, Kindermissionswerk, MIVA NL, Misereor, Italian Bishops Conference, Hilton Fund, Koch foundation) who have been supporting the sisters in the past and created relationships with new agencies and private donors;

  • Improved the overall quality of the proposals presented to the funding agencies, increased their level of accountability, and contributed to raise the profile of the Good Shepherd Sisters with international partners and in the social media community;

  • Achieved a success rate in grant-seeking of 80%;

  • Created a new website featuring the projects of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Africa, Asia, and Latin America supported by the MDO and developed an active community on the Social media on Facebook and Twitter

  • Produced film Mahila: A Women's Movement Rising in 2018, featuring a Good Shepherd Economic Justice Project in CE India.  

    The film is available at this link -

    The Reflection Guide is available at this link -