Xavier Network identity

The Xavier Network is made up of organisations closely related to the Society of Jesus, which work in International Cooperation for Development. We are institutions sharing the same identity and approach in the understanding of solidarity and promotion of justice in the world.

The Xavier Network is currently made up of:

Network members

We are convinced that, in the current context, a greater inter- institutional collaboration is needed so as to allow a greater impact in such context and a higher degree of efficiency in our work for the promotion of justice. The creation of this network facilitates coordination and mutual collaboration between organisations sharing the same goals, mission and vision.

With the creation of this network, the members wish to exchange experiences and develop common projects in the following areas:

  • Volunteer work and training
  • Education for solidarity and awareness raising
  • International cooperation and humanitarian aid

Each of the Network Members have accumulated years of working experience and we are all inheritors of a long Jesuit tradition in cooperation and international solidarity. We have now decided to join forces, fully respecting the autonomy of each Member, creating the Xavier Network in March 2003. It was legally constituted as a Foundation in December 2004.


For over four centuries, the Society of Jesus has a rich and varied missionary history, with a wide range of institutions and the dedication of many Jesuits and laymen. In an effort to continue this experience of universal solidarity and to further develop it, the institutions Alboan Foundation (Province of Loyola), Entreculturas Foundation (Province of Spain) the Leigos Para O Desenvolvimento Association (Province of Portugal) and the Magis Association (Province of Italy) have established themselves as a Network with the identifying name of Xavier.

The Xavier Network is made up of institutions, closely related to the Society of Jesus, that work to promote faith and justice through the development of the less favoured populations. Their identification lies in the combination of voluntary and professional work, the joint work of Jesuits and laymen and the promotion of inter-cultural and inter- religious dialogue.

The Xavier Network will develop its work through the exchange of experiences and the implementation of common cooperation development programmes in areas where the institutions are usually present, in areas where it is convenient to act jointly and in emergency situation areas. An additional priority of the Network will be the development of joint programmes regarding cooperation activities, the promotion of voluntary work and solidarity based education.

The Xavier Network emerges in the in the Southern Europe Region of the Society of Jesus, but with a clear intention of reaching out and working with similar initiatives in institutions throughout other Regions of the order.

Coimbra, March 8th 2003

Why Xavier Network?

The Xavier Network takes its name from St. Francisco Javier, one of the first followers of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Francisco Javier was the great promoter of the intercultural and inter - religious dialogue. From 1541 up to his death eleven years later, he travelled through great part of India, Malaysia, Malaccan Islands and Japan. The Development NGO Network chooses the name Xavier to transmit the spirit of transformation and dialogue between different populations that Francisco Javier lived. The logo chosen, in remembrance of this spirit in which the network is born, represents the saint’s signature.