Association Internationale des Charités (AIC)

International Association of Charities
Asociación Internacional de Caridades

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Founded 23 Aug 1617, by Saint Vincent de Paul, as Confraternity of Ladies of Charity. Reconstituted with same rules after the revolution of 1789. Operated under the name Association of the Ladies of Charity of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Mission for the Sick Poor -- Association des dames de la charité de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Oeuvre des pauvres malades, and, subsequently, as International Association of Charities of St Vincent de Paul -- Association internationale des charités de Saint Vincent de Paul -- Asociación Internacional de Caridades de San Vincente de Paul. Currently an international organization composed of feminine associations or federations founded by Saint Vincent de Paul or following his tradition. AIC is an International Catholic Nongovernmental Organization (ICNO), recognized as such by the Holy See. International statutes adopted 1971, Rome (Italy), when organization was set up under current title. New statutes adopted and registered in accordance with Belgian law, 2015.


Fight against poverty and exclusion; accompany women in their search for empowerment and autonomy; speak out against injustice, and put pressure on structures and decision makers to fight against the causes of poverty.

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Networking/liaising; training/education; events/meetings.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status); Council of Europe (CE) (Participatory Status).

Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 53 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Women
    • Disadvantaged
  • Social Activity
    • Welfare

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



Last News Received

17. Sep 2018
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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