Community World Service Asia is a humanitarian and development organisation, 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. Marginalised 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 marginalised 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 decades and continues to partner with a growing number of Governments, Multi-lateral Organisations, International Professional Networks and a host of National, Local and International NGOs. Our organisation 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: Emergencies, Climate Action and Risk Reduction, Education, Health, Livelihoods, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene and 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. Community World Service Asia is ISO 9001:2015 certified and has also received the USAID management standards certification. We have also been certified as a Gender Friendly Organisation (GFO) in Pakistan and certified by CHS under the self-certification process. 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 Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP), the Civil Society Education Network (CENA Asia), the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC), the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), the Human Resource Development Network (HRDN), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF), the START Network and an associate member of CIVICUS, the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network. CWSA is also a close working partner of the National Commission of Human Rights in Pakistan (NCHR).
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).