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Our aims and values

Our vision   | Purpose |  Mandate |  Values  | Ways of working

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.

We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

Our vision  

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision - an end to poverty - and we believe that vision can become a reality.

From April 2012, Christian aid's work will be focused around the goals and objectives identified in our corporate strategy, 'Partnership for change – the power to end poverty' .

Our essential purpose   

  • to expose the scandal of poverty

  • to help in practical ways to root it out from the world 

  • to challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.

Our mandate   

We are an agency of our churches in Britain and Ireland and are mandated to work on relief, development and advocacy for poverty eradication.  Christian Aid’s work is founded on Christian faith, inspired by hope and acts to change an unjust world through charity – a  practical love and care for our neighbours.

Our values

Love and solidarity

We are called to love and care for one another in compassion and humility, as we stand alongside all those who struggle against poverty, powerlessness and injustice.

Dignity and respect

We are convinced that every human being has innate dignity. All people are of equal worth, which is why we place honesty and respect for others at the heart of what we do.

Justice and equality

We understand that where people lack power, poverty prevails, so we support work that empowers individuals and communities. We fight injustice and inequality with courage, hope and determination, challenging the structures and systems that prevent people from rising out of poverty.

Cooperation and partnership

Our work is rooted in a spirit of cooperation and we affirm the value of acting in partnership with others. We work with and for the churches, as well as with other faith and secular groups. We also engage with other key actors, including civil society, government and the private sector, in various ways and on various levels.

Accountability and stewardship

We are accountable for how we use the resources entrusted to us, ensuring that our decision-making is open and transparent. We measure our impact and are always striving to improve our performance.

We are committed to being effective stewards of the planet's scarce resources and caring for the earth for the sake of future generations.

Find out more about our goals and values in our new strategy for 2012 onwards - 'Partnership for change'.  

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