(1) Regional approach. Encouraging regional cooperation is an important confidence building measure, particularly in neighbouring and nearby countries. A key element of ITF`s success in Southeast Europe (SEE) has been its facilitation of a regional approach in mine action, as well as facilitation of and participation in SEE Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) initiative.
(2) Partnerships. ITF shall continue to conduct its work in close partnership with donors, international organizations, national and local authorities, and public and private implementing organizations.
(3) National Ownership. ITF recognizes that the primary responsibility for addressing post-conflict challenges lies with the national authorities of an affected state.
(4) Humanitarian Focus. Post-conflict challenges are foremost a humanitarian concern and should be addressed from the humanitarian perspective. The humanitarian focus on mine action and CWD promoted and implemented by ITF is intended to save lives, prevent physical injuries, alleviate suffering, provide support to people in need, and thus enable the most vulnerable to preserve human dignity. In this view, the selection of the national programmes and local community-oriented projects should reflect the fundamental humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and humanity.
(5) Transparency. ITF is dedicated to full transparency of its work in SEE and other countries around the world. Such transparency as well as full accountability builds confidence that donor funds are being used effectively and as intended. ITF achieves transparency through its organizational procedures, strict adherence to proper accounting, and professional attitude of its staff.