World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

We pursue this mission through integrated, holistic commitment to:

  • Transformational development that is community-based and sustainable, focused especially on the needs of children.
  • Emergency relief that assists people afflicted by conflict or disaster.
  • Promotion of justice that seeks to change unjust structures affecting the poor among whom we work.
  • Partnerships with churches to contribute to spiritual and social transformation.
  • Public awareness that leads to informed understanding, giving, involvement, and prayer.
  • Witness to Jesus Christ by life, deed, word, and sign that encourages people to respond to the Gospel.

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Policy, legislation and its implementation

World Vision will roll out its Diversity Policy which promotes disability inclusion and will review, revise and roll out other global policies and Guidelines on Disability Inclusion with regular updates on implementation. World Vision commits that all 16 approved core Project Models used for at least 80% of development programmes will be reviewed and refined to enhance the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
World Vision’s Diversity and Disability Inclusion Policies and Guidelines will be reviewed on an annual basis. World Vision’s Project Models will be reviewed and revised progressively for disability inclusion as each is re-appraised between now and September 2020. Work has already started on the Education and Livelihoods project models.

Representation and empowerment of persons with disabilities
World Vision has recently added Disability as one of five ‘dimensions of Vulnerability’ used in programme assessments, mapping and targeting to reach the most marginalised children and communities. People with disabilities will be represented in our programme design, monitoring and evaluation processes, including working with Disabled People’s Organizations to map their needs and engage them as partners. Disability inclusion will be monitored, tracked and reported on regularly to inform leadership decisions.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
Disability is currently being mapped in 64 countries as part of mapping of ‘Most Vulnerable Children’ (MVC). Programmes will be adapted for inclusion of Children With Disabilities (CWD) with other MVC by the end of Sept 2019.

Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Year: 2018

Policy, standards and regulations
World Vision will revise all five education project models to ensure they articulate guidance for inclusion of children with disability across the life cycle, based on our Early Childhood Development Model that includes provisions for full inclusion of children with a disability in a manner supportive of individual development needs. We will continue to work in coalition with other organisations to develop/test/utilise functionality screening tools and provide necessary accommodations to disabled children taking part in literacy assessments.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
Over the next three years, World Vision will revise all five education project models to ensure they articulate guidance for inclusion of children with a disability. Our Early Grade Reading model ‘Unlock Literacy; will be revised by December 2018 and the ‘Safe and Nurturing Schools’ and ‘Girl Vision’ models are in development so integration will be integrated as the models develop over the next 18 months.

Theme: Inclusive Education
Year: 2018

Access to financial services
World Vision’s Microfinance organisation, VisionFund will reduce barriers to people living with disabilities to accessing financial services by developing digital solutions so that financial services can be accessed from home. We will develop partnerships with specialist organisations who support people with disabilities to access economic opportunities, combined with our expertise in delivering financial services to those on the margins. We will seek to apply lessons in the 30 microfinance institutions in the VisionFund Network.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
World Vision’s micro finance commitments will be rolled out by October 2019.

Theme: Routes to Economic Empowerment
Year: 2018

New programmes or services
World Vision commits to promoting the World Health Organization Guidelines on the Provision of Manual Wheelchairs in Less Resourced Settingsthrough partnering with trained wheelchair service providers who seek to adhere to the Guidelinesandtraining staff and community volunteers on wheelchair referral and follow up. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
Through a grant from the US Agency for International Development, in the next fiscal year, current wheelchair program staff and volunteers’ capacity will be built to conduct wheelchair referral and follow up. Partnership will be developed with trained service providers and wheelchair technical organizations such as Motivation ( in Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi to ensure adherence to the WHO Guidelines.

Theme: Harnessing Technology and Innovation
Year: 2018

Commit resources to support strengthened disability data
All World Vision National Offices are following a standard process of understanding who are the most vulnerable in each context, including Children with Disabilities (CWD) and to what extent are they included in programmes. Programmes will be adapted to include, measure and report on the most vulnerable children, including CWD. WV will prepare a global summary report showing impact of programming on the world’s most vulnerable children, including CWD, including learning from a longitudinal study.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
Disability will be mapped in 64 countries as part of mapping of ‘Most Vulnerable Children’ (MVC) to be complete by 30thSept. 2018. Programmes will be adapted for inclusion of CWD with other MVC by end of Sept 2019.All 64 World Vision national offices are to report on the progress towards impact for the most vulnerable children, including CWD, by April 2020, with a global summary report produced by May 2020. The longitudinal study will be completed by Sept 2022.

Commit to use the Washington Group questions
World Vision will promote the use of the Washington Group questions and disaggregated reporting of beneficiaries in our development programmes. We will collate learning on the use of the Washington Group questions and share learning with the BOND MEL and disability groups. Learning to be applied to current and future programmes where relevant. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
This commitment to be completed by September 2019.

Theme: Data Disaggregation
Year: 2018

World Vision US’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Team works to address gender equality and inclusion of marginalized populations including people with disabilities. To address intersectionality issues the GESI team will develop a strategic framework for gender equality and social inclusion and the tools for conducting integrated gender analysis and monitoring US-funded programs for GESI-integration. This framework will be shared across the global World Vision Partnership through our gender and inclusion ‘Community of Practice’.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
This commitment will be started and completed during 2019.

Theme: Women and Girls with Disabilities
Year: 2018
  • World Vision will take incremental steps to progressively improve our standards and practice in disability inclusion within emergency responses, learning from and building on current good practice across the global Partnership. 
  • World Vision UK will take a lead in promoting disability inclusion and its monitoring within our humanitarian programmes as a key part of our commitment to reach the most vulnerable children. We will promote and share this practice and learning across the global partnership

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
This commitment will be implemented from October 2018 onwards.

Theme: Conflict and Humanitarian Contexts
Year: 2018

Recognising that institutionalisation harms children – and that children with disabilities are overrepresented in institutions –World Vision commits to work together with partners toward eliminating the institutionalisation of children globally. Ensuring our organisations do not contribute towards the institutionalisation of children, directly or indirectly - and in line with international treaties and best practice, we share the UK Government’s pledge to enable all children to have the opportunity to realise their right to family care.

Theme: Other
Year: 2018