Who We Are

World Vision Ireland is a child-focused overseas aid agency committed to the relief of poverty among communities in some of the world’s most fragile contexts.

World Vision Ireland is a child-focused overseas aid agency committed to the relief of poverty among communities in some of the world’s most fragile contexts.

Our Vision Statement

Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness.

Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so

Our values

  • We are Christian
  • We are committed to the poor
  • We value people
  • We are stewards  
  • We are partners we are responsive

World Vision Ireland is a child-focused overseas aid agency. We are part of World Vision International, the largest privately funded NGO in the world. With the help of over 4.7 million supporters worldwide we deliver clean water, education, healthcare and sanitation to over 120 million children in nearly 100 countries worldwide.

We work with people of all cultures, faiths and genders to achieve transformation. We do this through development, relief, advocacy and always through collaboration.

Our strategy is directly working to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in 6 crucial areas; mother and child health, economic empowerment, water, education, child protection, and food and agriculture. 


What we do

World Vision Ireland - Who we are

Develop communities:

Our approach to aid and development is unique -  we partner with communities, employ local staff and train community members.  By doing this, we support each community to become independent and resilient so that they can provide the best possible future for their children. 

Our integrated approach relies on the participation and ownership of community members at every step, allowing them to fulfil their full potential. We give a hand up, not a handout.


Respond to emergencies:

World Vision has the size, experience and expertise to respond immediately when disasters happen. We employ a global network of disaster response experts who assess the impact of each disaster, plan the response and are on the ground within 24 to 72 of hours of a major disaster. Our reputation as “first in, last out” means that we are both an early responder and an on-going long-term partner.


Advocacy - Justice for children

Advocacy is an essential element of World Vision’s work, alongside long-term community development and emergency responses. It is about challenging and changing the policies, practices and attitudes that make it difficult for vulnerable children and their families to escape living in poverty. We engage institutions, donors and governments to address the global issues that perpetuate poverty. Our advocacy is informed and driven by the children and communities we serve.

World Vision Ireland -who we are

Child Sponsorship

Most of our development work is funded through child sponsorship. Many of our supporters have a unique connection with the children they sponsor and the communities their sponsorship supports. The money donated through sponsorship goes to the child’s community - supporting schools, health centres and livelihoods - giving the child’s family and community the best chance in life.


Maternal & Child Health

World Vision Ireland has a firm focus on maternal and child health, and we work closely with communities to ensure that mothers and their babies have access to the best nutrition, health services and sanitation so that they receive the best start in life. We are currently partnering with Irish Aid on a maternal and child health programme, (AIM Health plus) 5-year programme funded by Irish Aid 2017-2021. Our goal is to reduce the numbers of mothers and babies who die unnecessarily.

World Vision is a Christian organisation. For us, that means that we carry out our work with a kind and compassionate ethos, working with people of all cultures, faiths and genders to achieve transformation. We do this holistically through relief and development, policy advocacy and change, collaboration, education,  and an emphasis on personal growth and social justice; at all times respecting individual dignity and beliefs.



Governance Structure

As a charity, World Vision Ireland has no shareholders. Our Board members are supporters of the organisation, believe in its mission and vision and are prepared to get involved on a voluntary basis to support the organisation.

Our senior management team supports the Board in the achievement of its objectives and are accountable to the Board.

The Board of World Vision Ireland is a skills-based Board. The Board of Directors is responsible for the strategy of World Vision Ireland, approving budgets, major policies, monitoring performance, reviewing and ensuring management proposals are actioned.

Our Board of Directors

Tara Doyle (Chair)

Robert Saunders

Aderemi Sotunbo

Gus McNamara

Frank Dunne

Grenville Hopkinson

Johnny O’Rourke


Our Senior Leadership Team


Gillian Barnett,
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Clodagh C

Clodagh Collier,
Operations & Finance Director

World Vision Ireland - Maurice Sadlier

Maurice Sadlier,
Programmes & Policy Director

Fiona O’Malley, 
Communications and Fundraising Director