ITF’s approach shall be in accordance with the following guiding principles:

(1) Regional approach. A key element of the ITF’s success in SE Europe has been its facilitation of a regional approach to mine action and by contributing to regional structures and systems. Encouraging regional cooperation is an important confidence-building measure, particularly in countries emerging from conflict. The ITF shall adopt a similar regional approach to its broader mission as defined in this strategy for 2009 - 2013. 
(2) Partnerships. The ITF shall conduct its work in close partnership with donors, international organisations, national authorities and implementing organisations. A cornerstone of the ITF’s strategy is the donor matching mechanism in SE Europe in which the US Government provides for selected projects an additional dollar for each dollar provided by other donors.
(3) National primacy. The ITF recognises that the primary responsibility for addressing post-conflict and disruptive challenges lies with the national authorities of an affected state. National authorities are responsible for establishing the national and local conditions which enable the effective management of programmes and projects which aim to address post-conflict and disruptive challenges. National authorities are ultimately responsible for all phases and all facets of programmes and projects within their national boundaries, including the development of appropriate standards, SOPs and instructions.
(4) Capacity development. The ITF recognises the importance of encouraging and enabling national authorities to accept full national ownership of post-conflict and disruptive challenges. The ITF shall work to develop national capacities by sharing its successful approach and procedures for raising funds and managing projects. Capacity development is the process by which individuals, institutions and societies (individually and collectively) perform functions, solve problems and set and achieve objectives.
(5) Humanitarian focus. The ITF recognises that post-conflict and disruptive challenges are first and foremost a humanitarian concern and should be addressed from the humanitarian perspective. In this regard, the selection of ITF-supported national programmes and local projects should reflect the fundamental humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and humanity. The ITF’s work shall be focused on giving support to those who are most vulnerable.
(6) Consistency with UN`s Millennium Development Goals 1.The ITF’s work shall, wherever possible, be aimed at supporting the UN’s MDGs.
(7) Transparency. The ITF has earned a reputation for full transparency of its work in SE Europe. Transparency builds confidence that funds are being used effectively and as intended. The ITF achieves transparency through its organisational procedures and the attitude of its staff.

1The MDGs represent a global partnership that has grown from the commitments and targets established at the world summits of the 1990s. Responding to the world's main development challenges and to the calls of civil society, the MDGs promote poverty reduction, education, maternal health, gender equality, and aim at combating child mortality, AIDS and other diseases. Set for the year 2015, the MDGs are an agreed set of goals that can be achieved if all actors work together and do their part. Poor countries have pledged to govern better, and invest in their people through health care and education. Rich countries have pledged to support them, through aid, debt relief, and fairer trade.
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