3. CARE’s vision, mission and programming principles

CARE’s vision and mission statements establish the core mandate of CARE’s work. Responding to emergencies is central to CARE’s vision and mission.

CARE’s mission statement clearly highlights ‘delivering emergency relief’ as central to our work. Our emergency work should also seek to strengthen capacities, address discrimination, influence policy and provide economic opportunity for people and communities affected by emergencies. CARE’s programming principles support CARE’s vision and mission and must be upheld in all of CARE’s programmes.

We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.

CARE International will be a global force and partner of choice within a world-wide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We will be known everywhere for our unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people.

CARE International’s mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by:

  • strengthening capacity for self-help
  • providing economic opportunity
  • delivering relief in emergencies
  • influencing policy decisions at all levels
  • addressing discrimination in all its forms.

Guided by the aspirations of local communities, we pursue our mission with both excellence and compassion, because the people whom we serve deserve nothing less.

  • Promote empowerment
  • Work in partnership with others
  • Ensure accountability and promote responsibility
  • Oppose discrimination
  • Oppose violence
  • Seek sustainable results.