JDA believes that all people have unlimited creativity and potential for transformation. In that spirit, JDA joins with the people and communities of Central Asia and MENA in developing holistic solutions that affect fundamental progress toward a more equitable society. We support locally integrated solutions in community development, education, health, agriculture and in economic growth.
JDA engages with the people of Central Asia and MENA in a spirit of humility and respect. We are a catalyst encouraging individuals to believe in their potential to be change agents of their own lives and to conceive and actualize their vision of the future for themselves, their families, and communities.
We value and respect each person without making distinctions based on status, wealth, caste, religion, relationship, gender or ethnicity.
SPECIAL CONCERN FOR THE POOR & DISADVANTAGED
We give special priority to the poor, the vulnerable and the oppressed, and seek to change those social structures and attitudes, which disadvantage them.
LOVE & SERVICE
We seek to identify with people in their needs and aspirations, sharing with compassion our time and capabilities, doing whatever is necessary without considering any tasks too menial or belittling.
We will be willing to acknowledge resentments, to forgive and seek reconciliation. We will seek to deal with conflict openly and positively.
We seek to be truthful. We require honesty in handling goods and money and responsibility in fulfilling our duties and bringing to completion our tasks.
We desire to excel in our work, to improve our competence and to be models of efficient and humane methods of work. We expect to achieve demonstrable results.
ACCOUNTABILITY & TEACHABILITY
We are eager to be held accountable concerning our resources and efforts. It is our desire to learn from others, to correct one another and to seek correction in order to be the most effective in our work.
We are committed to enabling people to share in the processes of decision-making that affect them, thereby empowering them to be more effective in improving their lives. In these interactions, we all give e and we all receive, we all teach and we all learn.
We are committed to the daily task of training others, to passing on our skills and demonstrating our values to individuals and to the nation as a whole.
We seek to live and work in ways that are culturally sensitive and appropriate in a nation that has such a rich diversity of custom and tradition.
We value the conservation and enhancement of the environment, recognizing that all humans, animals and plants exist in an intricate dependency upon each other and upon all that sustains them.
IDENTIFICATION WITH CENTRAL ASIA
We identify ourselves with the nations of Central Asia and its people: respecting their distinctiveness, sharing in their struggle for improvement, appreciating their achievements, and committing ourselves to promote their good.
We seek to learn before we teach, recognizing that the diverse people of Central Asia have lived in their hills, valleys, mountains and plains for hundreds of years and have acquired skills, knowledge and customs that the outsider must understand and appreciate in order to serve with them.