CPI operates under the belief that civil society is an essential component of the broader equation of materializing democratic and just societies that embrace cultural and religious diversity, where individuals and communities have the means to lead healthy lives and are imbued with the freedom that stems from no longer living on the social and economic margins of society.
The following Guiding Principles form the foundation for CPI’s execution of its Mission:
CPI’s commitment is to people in under-served communities in Southeast Asia. The organization works to maintain trust, foster community participation, and remain accountable to beneficiaries.
CPI operates in accordance with the four major humanitarian principles:
Humanity: Human suffering must be addressed whenever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.
Neutrality: Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
Impartiality: Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress and making no distinctions on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinions.
Operational Independence: Humanitarian action must be autonomous from the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actors may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.
CPI adheres to the fundamental principle of non-discrimination on the basis of citizenship status, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, special needs, and sexual orientation. This is a non-negotiable principle for CPI’s staff and partners.
CPI’s deep partnerships with local organizations remain an integral component of its strategies for implementing health and social welfare activities and are the means to ensure community needs are tackled, best practices are applied, and greater resilience of the community is achieved.
CPI is committed to evidence-based approaches to achieve and measure the impact of its health programming. Together with partners, we innovatively adapt proven approaches according to the resources, constraints, and the local context so that they are appropriate and sustainable.
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