Cesvi, established in 1985, is an independent association, working for global solidarity. In the values which guide Cesvi, the moral principle of human solidarity and the ideal of social justice are transformed into humanitarian aid and development, reinforcing an affirmation of universal human rights.
Cesvi believes strongly that helping the underprivileged in developing countries, as well as people affected by war, natural calamities and environmental disasters, provides local support whilst contributing to long term development objectives that benefit humanity and our planet for present and future generations.
In the acronym Cesvi, the words cooperazione and sviluppo (Cooperation and Development) underline the fact that Cesvi bases its philosophy on the idea of giving the recipients of aid a leading role, working towards socio-economic benefit and sustainable use of natural resources. It is for this reason that Cesvi is strongly committed to ensure that international aid does not become mere charity, nor is influenced by the donors’ self-interest.
Cesvi assistance to people in need around the world can be divided into three main categories:
- Immediate help to ensure survival and overcome emergencies;
- The rehabilitation and reconstruction of systems destroyed by war or natural calamities;
- Cooperation programs and projects for the development of disadvantaged social groups and deprived communities.
In Italy and Europe, Cesvi carries out educational programs to develop global solidarity awareness, to increase the pool of donors and volunteers, and to influence private companies and public institutions to support cooperation projects for development.
To attain its objectives, Cesvi follows these guiding principles:
- To recognize the needs and aspirations of local communities; respecting their culture, traditions and customs and to look for dialogue and collaboration with their organizations.
- To work impartially for the needs of others, without distinction of sex, race, culture, or creed, but paying greatest attention to those most at risk: children, women, the elderly and disadvantaged groups .
- To promote forms of development leading to economic independence, through environmental sustainability and respect for human rights.
- To act pragmatically by critically assessing the appropriateness and efficiency of its efforts to reach its defined objectives, also taking into account the satisfaction of the beneficiaries and of all those involved.
- To ask for private donations, giving as much information as possible about fund-raising objectives and the results obtained.
- To manage funds as efficiently as possible, by keeping organisational costs within acceptable limits and using as much of the funds as possible for the targeted groups and communities.
- To audit and publish its annual accounts, clearly reporting on the objectives proposed, results obtained and any corrective action taken.
- To recognize the value of volunteer work, and to provide information and training such as to allow collaborators and volunteers to reach their full potential.
- To assess collaborators on the basis of their sense of responsibility and their merit.