We are committed to professional excellence.
We are committed to honesty and transparency.
We believe that everybody is important.
We are committed to serving all the ethnic groups in Iraq, as well as people from every religious background. This means that STEP does not have a specific people group focus, and it also means that our projects do not show a preference to people from any one religious, ethnic or other affiliation.
Our emphasis is on development, rather than relief. We are committed to empowering and enabling local people to solve the problems they determine to be the most pressing. We do not want to create dependency.
We are committed to working in cooperation and in partnership with the local authorities. If and when possible we seek to work under the authority of local project leadership. We believe this is essential if we are going to be effective in the developmental process.