Around the World

AVSI is active in 42 coun­tries throughout Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in the areas of health and sanita­tion, child care, education, vocational training, upgrading of urban areas, agriculture and food security, ICT, and emergency relief.

AVSI promotes cul­tural, social and economical development according to the Catholic Social Teaching, especially among the most disadvantaged in the developing na­tions and countries. AVSI acts as an international network linking 27 associated NGOs, most of which are based in non-Western countries.

AVSI Canada’s current countries of focus include Haiti and Brazil.

AVSI is recognized as a NGO for in­ternational cooperation by the Ital­ian Government and the European Union, and is registered as a Private and Voluntary Organization (PVO) with USAID (No 10013, July 22 1991), a registered Charity in Canada, and holds General Consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Coun­cil (ECOSOC) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York, and the UN Industrial Development Organiza­tion (UNIDO) in Vienna. AVSI is recog­nized on the NGOs Special List of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva.