The Good Shepherd International Foundation is a nonprofit value-based organization located in Rome (Italy) and founded by Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (Good Shepherd sisters ), an international Congregation of women religious present in 70 countries, to support the mission in the least developed countries of the world. Originally established in 2007 as a Mission Development Office by the Good Shepherd sisters, it became incorporated as a Foundation in 2008.

The Good Shepherd sisters were founded in 1835 by St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier in France. Today the Congregation has 3,000 members in 600 communities through the world. The Congregation is recognized by the UN as a NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC because of its important work on behalf of girls, women and children, especially those who live in poverty and are the victims of violence, abuse and discrimination.

The Good Shepherd International Foundation works to implement a development and human rights based approach to support the Good Shepherd programs in low and middle-income countries and to remove the causes that generate poverty and injustice, promoting an inclusive and sustainable development for the most marginalized and vulnerable.



Vogliamo contribuire a costruire una societ? inclusiva e pi? giusta, in cui donne, ragazze e bambini possano godere appieno dei loro diritti. Per creare un mondo pi? equo e solidale crediamo in un approccio allo sviluppo che metta al centro le persone. Inclusione, compassione, rispetto, partecipazione e trasparenza sono i nostri valori fondanti


Attraverso i programmi delle Suore del Buon Pastore contribuiamo a proteggere e promuovere i diritti di donne, ragazze e bambini che vivono in situazioni di povert? e emarginazione, vittime di traffico di esseri umani, migrazione, violenza di genere e altre forme di discriminazione.


In 2017 GSIF has capitalized on results of the activities carried out under the Strategic Plan 2013-16 and lessons learned to design a new Theory of Change, which will inform the actions of the Foundation and its partners for the period 2017-2021.


  • informed through a broad process of consultation involving representatives from 73 countries;


  • sets a clear goal and specific outcomes to deliver that change that will contribute to respond to most urgent needs of the people participating in Good Shepherd programs in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America.


We support and empower good Shepherd programmes across the world that work locally to deliver services and activities that tackle poverty, violence, gender based discrimination and violation of human rights in practical and innovative ways.

Adopting this approach means that the girls, women and children participating in Good Shepherd programs will develop their own equitable and long-lasting solutions as well as the confidence and skills to voice and claim their rights.


Our theory of Change will contribute to bring lasting and positive change in the lives of the people who suffer from poverty, violence, gender based discrimination and other violations of human dignity and human rights.



Eliminare la povertà e costruire un lavoro dignitoso per tutti


Eliminare tutte le forme di violenza e discriminazione contro ragazze, donne e bambini


Protect the rights of migrants and refugees, especially women to build inclusive society

To attain this goal GSIF will continue to support good Shepherd programs in the developing countries which are committed to achieve the following Strategic objectives:

1. Reduce poverty (SDG.1) and hunger (SDG.2) and creating decent work opportunities for all (SDG. 8) by ensuring access to education, economic and natural resources for the most vulnerable members of society, especially girls and women, and promoting sustainable livelihoods;

2. Eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against girls, women and children, including tra icking, sexual exploitation (Sdg 5.2) and forced labour (Sdg.8.2) and advocating at all levels to realize gender equality (Sdg.5);

3 Protect the rights of migrants and refugees, particularly of women migrants (SDG 8.8) to build inclusive societies (SDG 10.7).


We will achieve these strategic objectives by implementing the Theory of Change.
To accomplish these objectives, the following outcomes shall be in place


Improved services for women, girls and children participating in Good Shepherd programs


Efficient and effective resource mobilization for Good Shepherd programs.

Strengthened Cooperation

Greater cooperation within and outside the Good Shepherd network for effective development and advocacy



We are committed to support the Good Shepherd programs that contribute to their national strategies achieving the SDGs. Under the strategic plan 2017-21, we will focus our efforts on the following priority areas for sustainable development:

SDG 1 End poverty in all its forms

SDG 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition

SDG 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


8.7. eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human traicking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour

8.8. protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants

SDG 10

10. 1 empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all

10.2 ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome

10.3 adopt policies in particular protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality

10.7 Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people

Our strategic plan outlines how we will contribute to achieve these SDGs in the next five years by implementing our Theory of Change.

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