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Our Approach

Our Approach

The crisis in Ukraine, like many, requires World Vision to tailor proven programme models to specific needs and the national and local systems already in place. In this response, our focus is on delivering life-saving assistance to meet the basic and protection needs of refugees, internally displaced people, and host community members in Romania, Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine.

In Romania, our emergency response seeks to strengthen civil society actors and the strong government child protection systems already in place, building on our 30 years of experience in the country. In Moldova, World Vision began operations through partner organisations, UN agencies and faith-based organisations that are supporting Moldovan and Ukrainian families affected by the crisis. In Georgia, where World Vision has a long-standing presence, the focus initially has been the provision of cash assistance and enrolling children in education. Finally, inside Ukraine, we are supporting hospitals, providing food to people in shelters who have fled the conflict zones, and beginning cash distributions through partners.

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We are committed to serving children and families affected by the conflict across four countries.

World Vision's Programming Approaches

Phased programming

Rapid onset emergencies require decisive, immediate operations which may evolve quickly. Accordingly, we will deploy a phased approach to programming, seeking to balance saving lives with sustainability.

Hybrid implementation

Our response will conduct operations both by directly managing projects and by partnering with other organisations. The response will strategically choose between a direct or partnering approach based on community-identified needs, security, organisational strengths and donor preferences.

Local system strengthening

Recognising the strength of civil and municipal actors, we will support local and regional efforts to respond to the crisis. Seeking to complement rather than duplicate, we will build technical and operational capacity in areas including cash distributions, child protection, and mental health and psycho-social support in order to strengthen systems and improve programme quality.

Principled humanitarian action

Addressing need and vulnerability, especially among children, is what drives us. To ensure these principles are upheld by World Vision and our partners, we are implementing a robust partnering risk management protocol including partner vetting and remote and in-person monitoring as humanitarian access allows.

Our strengths - At a glance


pre-existing geographic coverage in Romania


World Vision staff in Romania

31 years

of World Vision Romania presence (since 1991)

5.3 million people

reached last year with humanitarian assistance