Who we are

AVSI, created in 1972, is a non-profit organization which carries out development cooperation and humanitarian aid projects throughout the world.



AVSI works for a world where the person, aware of his/her value and dignity, is the protagonist of his/her own integral
development and that of his/her community, even in crisis and emergency contexts.


AVSI implements cooperation projects in various sectors with a preferential focus on education, meaning that the person is accompanied towards self-discovery and recognition that the other person is a resource. Each project is conceived as an instrument to promote this awareness in everyone involved, has in itself a need for communicating and sharing, and creates an impact capable of generating a positive change.


In project implementation, AVSI uses the following approach:

  • to start from the value of the person, who is never defined by the circumstances in which s/he lives
  • to consider the person always in his/her family and community context
  • to do with: accompany and let ourselves be accompanied, recognizing that we all share the same human experience
  • to involve all stakeholders: encourage the participation of beneficiaries, providers, partners, donors, and the private sector
  • to learn from experience and capitalize on the lessons learned.

AVSI by numbers

Financial statements

In 2019, AVSI received contributions totaling € 80,475,535.82 both from institutional and private donors. Among its major institutional donors there are the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, USAID, FAO, UNICEF, and the World Bank.

Countries and projects


AVSI Foundation operates worldwide through a network of 34 organizations, its founding members, and over 1000 partners.

Founders and partners in the world


AVSI has been recognized since 1973 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a non-governmental organization for international cooperation (NGO), registered as Civil Society Organization.

Registered as a PVO with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Holds General Consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York and with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.

Accredited participant of the UN Global Compact,

Accredited participant of the Global Nutrition Cluster

Recognized on the NGO Special List of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Associated General Member of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.

Associated member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cooking (GACC)

Associated member of Cities Alliance.

Associated member of the CDO Opere Sociali.

Joined and signed the Code of Conduct of the “International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGO’s in Disaster Relief”.

Recognized as an NGO for international cooperation by the European Union and is authorized by the Italian Government for international adoptions.

Quality and transparency

AVSI project design system conforms to UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 standards for cooperation, aid and development activities in partnership with and on behalf of main institutional, national and international donors.

quality policy (English) |sistème de qualité (Français) | sistema de calidad (Español)