International Aid Services (IAS) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) abiding by Christian values. Our vision is to see a ‘godly transformed society’ and the mission is ‘to save lives, promote self-reliance and dignity through human transformation, going beyond relief and development’. Founded in 1989 with the purpose of assisting conflict affected populations in South Sudan we now run programs in over 10 countries in primarily Horn of Africa /Eastern Africa (our programme countries) supported by 4 offices in Europe and the United States (4 members forming the IAS Alliance). The Alliance Head Office is located in Stockholm, Sweden.
Historically IAS has been regarded mainly as a humanitarian actor. However, through the years and with the expansion of the organization into new thematic and geographical areas it is presently engaged in the full development spectrum ranging from emergency relief to long term development. Often these programs can run simultaneously in any given region; particularly in complex and/or protracted conflicts and fragile situations which tend to be the nature of most contexts where IAS is operating.
Our Core Values
Missions: Our biblical understanding of missions motivates everything we do. The unreached and under-privileged people’s groups is our major focus in spreading the good news.
Integrity: We believe that integrity is the foundation of our Christian character. Character is not inherited but is built daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action.
Relational Leadership and Team Work: We believe in a team-based approach to leadership. We invest in leaders and train them to realize their full potential as well as giving them tools and opportunities to be effective leaders. We believe healthy leaders produce healthy communities.
Empathy (Compassion): We show compassion to a hurting and broken world – feeling the feelings and emotions of others and being motivated to act.
Equality: We believe in treating all people as we would like to be treated. We believe that people will feel valued and appreciated when we regard them with dignity and respect.
As means of codifying our core values and practically embracing them throughout our organization we are an active member of a number of quality initiatives. IAS is one of the Founding members of the CHS Alliance (Note 1). The CHS Alliance leads and facilitates the development, promotion and maintenance of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability CHS). The CHS sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. We abide by SPHERE standards and are a signatory to the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct. All our humanitarian projects are guided by the four core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence and in line with our Humanitarian Strategy.