HOW WE WORK
Response USA provides a lifeline when disasters e.g. floods, earthquakes, drought and hurricanes strike; when people are driven from their homes and countries by conflicts and wars; when economies collapse and when there are deadly disease outbreaks around the globe. Through our community development programs, we build futures with local people, empower them and mitigate the effects of future disasters. Our program strategy is guided by the following three principles:
High quality and participatory programming that is well founded on our understanding and analysis of the key underlying causes of poverty, marginalization and social injustice
A long-term engagement with the poor and vulnerable communities for achieving a greater and lasting impact
Commitment to gender and diversity, as a key element to addressing discrimination in all its forms and manifestations. Through our emergency response and development programs, we serve our program participants regardless of their religion, race and nationality
Community participation is the cornerstone of Response USA’s people centered program approach, which strengthens the voice of the most vulnerable and powerless people.
Participation involves women, men, youth and children – who are often excluded from the development process, allowing them to influence the decisions concerning their lives and environment around them. These processes increase local knowledge and skills, and thus contribute to promoting wider ownership, self-reliance and sustainability of the program outcomes.
The participatory approaches and mechanisms enable Response USA for Relief and Development to identify the extremely poor and vulnerable people, understand their problems and work with them to find sustainable solutions.
For achieving its vision and mission, Response USA is committed to foster meaningful relationships with all stakeholders – Governments, NGOs, UN bodies, private sector, research institutions and community groups/leaders.
In line with our commitment to keep the overhead costs low, we spend 90% of our total operating budget on programs benefiting disadvantaged families and communities, especially children, girls and women.