In order to fulfil CARE’s vision and mission, all of CARE’s programming should conform with the following Programming Principles, contained within the CI Code. These Principles are characteristics that should inform and guide, at a fundamental level, the way we work. They are not optional.
Principle 1: Promote empowerment
We stand in solidarity with poor and marginalized people, and support their efforts to take control of their own lives and realise their rights, responsibilities and aspirations. We ensure that those people who are affected are involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our work.
Principle 2: Work in partnership with others
We work with others to maximise the impact of our work, building alliances and partnerships with those who take similar or complementary approaches, are able to work on a larger scale, and/or who have responsibility to fulfil rights and alleviate poverty through policy change and enforcement.
Principle 3: Ensure accountability and promote responsibility
We seek to be held accountable to poor and marginalized people whose rights are denied. We identify those with an obligation toward poor and marginalized people, and support and encourage their efforts to fulfil their responsibilities.
Principle 4: Address discrimination
In our programmes and offices we oppose discrimination and the denial of rights based on sex, race, nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, age, physical ability, caste, opinion or sexual orientation.
Principle 5: Promote the non-violent resolution of conflicts
We promote just and non-violent means for preventing and resolving conflicts, noting that such conflicts contribute to poverty and the denial of rights.
Principle 6: Seek sustainable results
Working to identify and address underlying causes of poverty and rights denial, we develop and use approaches that ensure our work results in lasting and fundamental improvements in the lives of the poor and marginalized with whom we work.
We hold ourselves accountable for enacting behaviours consistent with these principles, and ask others to help us do so, not only in our programming, but in all that we do.