Our mission, motivation and values



Our mission

Our mission is to be a Christian organisation that engages people to eliminate poverty and its causes.

Our motivation

World Vision is committed to the poor because we are Christian. We work with people of all cultures, faiths and genders to achieve transformation.

We enact this through:

  • Relief and development: implementing best practice programs overseas and in Australia to save lives and build sustainable communities.
  • Policy change: advocating to change government and institutional policies in Australia and internationally to benefit people in need.  
  • Synergy and effectiveness: striving to be a collaborative, efficient and effective organisation that we are proud of and others speak highly of.  
  • Engaging Australia: continuing to educate Australians about the causes of poverty and encouraging involvement in alleviating poverty and its causes. 
  • Christian engagement: increasing our stakeholders’ understanding of the Christian message of personal growth, social justice and the development of our spiritual lives in relevant ways.The values of WVA are at the core of all that we, as an organisation, do. Our commitment to applying the values to the way we work makes us unique amongst other, similar, aid and development INGOs. 

Our values

The values of WVA are at the core of all that we, as an organisation, do. Our commitment to applying the values to the way we work makes us unique amongst other, similar, aid and development INGOs.

We Are Christian

We acknowledge one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  In Jesus Christ the love, mercy and grace of God are made known to us and all people.  From this overflowing abundance of God's love we find our call to ministry.

We proclaim together, "Jesus lived, died, and rose again.  Jesus is Lord."  We desire him to be central in our individual and corporate life.

We seek to follow him - in his identification with the poor, the powerless, the afflicted, the oppressed, the marginalized; in his special concern for children; in his respect for the dignity bestowed by God on women equally with men; in his challenge to unjust attitudes and systems; in his call to share resources with each other; in his love for all people without discrimination or conditions; in his offer of new life through faith in him.  From him we derive our holistic understanding of the gospel of the Kingdom of God, which forms the basis of our response to human need.

We hear his call to servant hood and see the example of his life.  We commit ourselves to a servant spirit permeating the organization.  We know this means facing honestly our own pride, sin and failure.

We bear witness to the redemption offered only through faith in Jesus Christ.  The staff we engage are equipped by belief and practice to bear this witness.  We will maintain our identity as Christian, while being sensitive to the diverse contexts in which we express that identity.

We Are Committed To The Poor

We are called to serve the neediest people of the earth; to relieve their suffering and to promote the transformation of their condition of life.

We stand in solidarity in a common search for justice.  We seek to understand the situation of the poor and work alongside them towards fullness of life. 

We seek to facilitate an engagement between the poor and the affluent that opens both to transformation.  We respect the poor as active participants, not passive recipients, in this relationship.  They are people from whom others may learn and receive, as well as give.  The need for transformation is common to all.  Together we share a quest for justice, peace, reconciliation and healing in a broken world.

We Value People

We regard all people as created and loved by God.  We give priority to people before money, structure, systems and other institutional machinery.

We act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person -- the poor, the donors, our staff and their families, boards and volunteers.  We celebrate the richness of diversity in human personality, culture and contribution.

We practice a participative, open, enabling style in working relationships.  We encourage the professional, personal and spiritual development of our staff.

We Are Stewards 

The resources at our disposal are not our own.  They are a sacred trust from God through donors on behalf of the poor.  We are faithful to the purpose for which those resources are given and manage them in a manner that brings maximum benefit to the poor.

We speak and act honestly.  We are open and factual in our dealings with donor constituencies, project communities, governments, the public at large and with each other.  We endeavour to convey a public image conforming to reality. 

We strive for consistency between what we say and what we do.

We demand of ourselves high standards of professional competence and accept the need to be accountable through appropriate structures for achieving these standards.  We share our experience and knowledge with others where it can assist them.

We are stewards of God's creation.  We care for the earth and act in ways that will restore and protect the environment. 

We ensure that our development activities are ecologically sound.

We Are Partners 

We are members of an international World Vision Partnership that transcends legal, structural and cultural boundaries.  We accept the obligations of joint participation, shared goals and mutual accountability that true partnership requires.  We affirm our inter-dependence and our willingness to yield autonomy as necessary for the common good.  We commit ourselves to know, understand and love each other.

We are partners with the poor and with donors in a shared ministry.  We affirm and promote unity in the Body of Christ.  We pursue relationship with all churches and desire mutual participation in ministry.  We seek to contribute to the holistic mission of the church.

We maintain a co-operative stance and a spirit of openness towards other humanitarian organizations.  We are willing to receive and consider honest opinions from others about our work.

We Are Responsive
 
We are responsive to life-threatening emergencies where our involvement is needed and appropriate.  We are willing to take intelligent risks and act quickly.  We do this from a foundation of experience and sensitivity to what the situation requires.

We also recognize that even in the midst of crisis, the destitute have a contribution to make from their experience.
We are responsive in a different sense where deep-seated and often complex economic and social deprivation calls for sustainable, long-term development.  We maintain the commitments necessary for this to occur.

We are responsive to new and unusual opportunities.  We encourage innovation, creativity and flexibility.  We maintain an attitude of learning, reflection and discovery in order to grow in understanding and skill.