World Vision is both a global and local organisation, operating as a partnership of interdependent national offices, overseen by their own boards or advisory councils, but bound together by a common mission statement and shared values, policies and standards. This ensures that the voices of millions of children, families and communities we serve all around the world are at the heart of how World Vision plans and completes its mission.
Each national office has a say in how the World Vision Partnership is governed with most plans and priorities being determined at the local or national level, within the context of the Partnership’s overall strategic plan.
The vast majority of World Vision UK’s programmes are concerned with long-term community development and with relief and rehabilitation following emergencies. Our activities include promoting an understanding of the issues that affect poor people and advocating effective solutions to the causes of their poverty.
Area Development Programmes (ADPs) are at the heart of our work with communities. Each ADP is set up to tackle poverty across an extensive area, and usually includes several communities with a total population of between 10,000 to 100,000 people. ADPs last for up to 15 years, engaging support from local and national government, until the point the communities become self-sustaining in their fight against poverty.
A significant proportion of our work is funded through child sponsorship which recognises that poverty reduction is a partnership and donors are likely to be better informed global citizens by being connected to a poor community abroad.