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.


AVSI Foundation operates worldwide through a network of 34 organizations, its founding members, and over 700 partners. AVSI CANADA is a founding member of the AVSI Network.  


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, Global Nutrition Cluster and is 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.