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How We Do Things

A Unique Approach to Development

World Vision’s approach to aid and development is unique – we partner with communities, employ local staff and train community members. By doing this we support each community to become independent and resilient so that they can provide the best possible future for their children.

World Vision is only a partner in this process. It is people themselves working towards their own development. We give a hand up, not a hand out and when we are no longer needed we leave a strong, skilled community to carve out their own future. World Vision Ireland’s long-term development work focuses on 8 Area Development Programmes (ADPs) in five African countries; Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Tanzania, Uganda and Swaziland.

Child Sponsorship

Most of our development work is funded through child sponsorship. Many of our supporters have a unique connection with the children they sponsor and the communities their sponsorship supports. The money donated through sponsorship goes to the child’s community -supporting schools, health centres and livelihoods- giving the child’s family and community the best chance in life.

Disaster & Emergency Work

World Vision has the size, experience and expertise to respond immediately when disasters happen. We employ a global network of disaster response experts who assess the impact of each disaster, plan the response and are on the ground within 24 to 72 of hours of a major disaster.

Because we have offices in 100 countries, we are often already based in disaster regions with local staff being able to start work immediately. As we are a trusted and well known NGO in the countries where we work, with offices run by local staff, we can work extremely effectively with the local communities and local governments, to ensure that the immediate and longer term response to crises are effective. Our focus during and after a crisis is always on the welfare and protection of children.

Advocacy - Justice for Children

Advocacy is an essential element of World Vision’s work, alongside long-term community development and emergency responses. It is about challenging and changing the policies, practices and attitudes that make it difficult for vulnerable children and their families to escape living in poverty.

World Vision advocates at the local, national, regional and global levels, informed by our experience working with communities. From lobbying at global conferences such as the G8 to working with children, parents and leaders in communities where we operate, advocacy at World Vision is an integrated effort.

Our advocacy is informed and driven by the children and communities we serve.

Maternal & Child Health

World Vision Ireland has a very strong focus on maternal and child health and we work closely with communities to ensure that mothers and their babies have access to the best nutrition, health services and sanitation so that they are given the best start in life. We are currently running an Irish Aid funded maternal and child health programme, (AIM Health) targeting 75,250 pregnant women in 10 areas across Africa. Our goal is to reduce the numbers of Mothers and babies who die unnecessarily by 20% by 2016 in these areas.


World Vision is a Christian organisation. For us, that means that we carry out our work with a kind and compassionate ethos, working with people of all cultures, faiths and genders to achieve transformation. We do this in a holistic manner through relief and development, policy advocacy and change, collaboration, education about poverty, and emphasis on personal growth and social justice; at all times respecting individual dignity and beliefs.

Code of Conduct on Images and Messages

Our organisation has signed up to the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages

By signing the Code, we have agreed to abide by the following principles in all of our communications:
1. Respect for the dignity of the people concerned in the use of all images and messages
2. Belief in the equality of all people
3. Acceptance of the need to promote fairness, solidarity and justice

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Accordingly, we strive to:

Choose images and related messages based on values of respect, equality, solidarity and justice;

- Truthfully represent any image or depicted situation both in its immediate and in its wider context so as to improve public understanding of the realities and complexities of development;
- Avoid images and messages that potentially stereotype, sensationalise or discriminate against people, situations or places;
- Use images, messages and case studies with the full understanding, participation and permission of the subjects (or subjects’ parents/guardian);
- Ensure those whose situation is being represented have the opportunity to communicate their stories themselves;
- Establish and record whether the subjects wish to be named or identifiable and always act accordingly;
- Conform to the highest standards in relation to human rights and protection of the vulnerable people.

As signatories to the Code, we are committed to putting meaningful mechanisms in place to ensure that the Code’s principles are implemented throughout all activities of our organisation.

We are also open to feedback on our adherence to the Code and we will articulate our commitment to the Code in all public communication.

The Dóchas Code on Images and Messages is available here