Catholic Institute for International Relations

Scope and Content

Reports, papers, correspondence. Mainly concerning political and development issues in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe but also South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Somaliland. Subjects include Operation Murambatsvina (2005) and forced evictions in Zimbabwe; farmworkers in Zimbabwe; political crisis, human rights, and elections in Zimbabwe; election monitoring, Truth and Reconciliation Committee, political developments in South Africa, c1992-1999; Angola, 1993-2000, including peace process; aid to Namibia, 1990; Somaliland report, 2000.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Sword of the Spirit organization was founded by lay Catholics in 1940 with the aims of combatting fascism and informing society and the church about international development. It changed its name to the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR) in 1965. It now operates volunteer and educational programmes and seeks to eradicate poverty, injustice and exclusion, and encourage a more equitable distribution of resources. CIIR changed its name to Progressio in 2006.

Access Information

Open for research although at least 24 hours' notice is required.

Other Finding Aids

Related Material

This collection complements an earlier deposit (reference ICS151) by the CIIR, which is also held at the Library.