About Community World Service Asia

About Community World Service Asia

Community World Service Asia is a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. We aim to address factors that divide people by promoting inclusiveness, shared values, diversity, and interdependence. Marginalized communities are assisted irrespective of race, faith, color, age, sex, economic status, or political opinion. Respecting the right to choose how to live, we work with marginalized communities to overcome the impacts of inequalities and lead peaceful, dignified and resilient lives.

Community World Service Asia has been present in the region since 1954 and continues to partner with a growing number of Governments, Multi-lateral Organizations, International Professional Networks and a host of National, Local and International NGOs. Our organization is comprised of a committed governing board and a diverse team who work through a robust accountability framework while maintaining strong relationships with communities and partners.

Our focus areas include: Disaster Management & Risk Reduction; Education; Health; Livelihoods; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; and, Humanitarian Quality and Accountability. We engage in the self-implementation of projects, cooperation through partners, and the provision of capacity building trainings and resources at the national, regional and global levels.

To strengthen and extend the reach of our commitments to promoting quality and accountability in humanitarian response, we are a member of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance.  We are the Sphere Country Focal Point in Pakistan and the Regional Partner in Asia for the Sphere Project.  As a HAP certified organization, we have achieved the first Quality Mark from People In Aid.  Community World Service Asia is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has also received the USAID management standards certification. We have also been certified as a Gender Friendly Organization (GFO) in Pakistan.  Our commitment and capacities enable us to collaborate with key partners on advocating, building capacity, and enhancing quality and accountability of humanitarian action both within Pakistan and the wider region.

Our membership in professional entities includes many of the most influential in the humanitarian and development sectors; notably, the ACT Alliance, the Asian Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP), the Agency Coordination Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR), the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF), the Rights of Expression, Assembly, Association and Thought (REAT) Network,  the Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR) and the START Network and an associate member of CIVICUS. We are signatories to the Red Cross/Red Crescent Code of Conduct for NGOs in Disaster Relief and also adhere to other policies including a Code of Conduct for Child Protection and the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS).