AVSI has a unique approach to development work that focuses on the dignity of each person encountered through their work. All our work is based on five key principles as outlined below:
1) Centrality of the Person
The person is seen as a unique being in his or her fundamental relationships, family and society. The person cannot be reduced to a social category or a limitation such as poverty, disease or disability.
2) Starting From the Positive
Every person and every community represents a potential resource, regardless of their vulnerability. This means valuing and strengthening all that has been made by people and also helping people to understand their own value and dignity.
3) Doing with
Starting from a relationship with the people to whom the project is directed and building with them on the basis of their development path.
4) Development of Civil Society and Subsidiarity
Development projects must favor associations, acknowledge and value the establishment of intermediate bodies along with a responsible and engaged social fabric.
Development projects are based on real partnerships among all entities active in the particular field, including institutions that are public and private, local and international, thereby avoiding duplications and promoting synergies to optimize available resources.