Mashav has been in existence for a very long time. Her official overseas development cooperation was launched in 1958 and has gained widespread recognition for its work in countries throughout the developing world for almost four decades. Israel's - Centre for International Cooperation (MASHAV is the Hebrew acronym) assists countries striving to alleviate shared global problems - hunger, disease, and poverty - by means of technical training and technology transfer needed to achieve a decent quality of life. What started as a modest program focused on grassroots – level human capacity building – at a time when Israel was still a developing country has blossomed into an extensive program of cooperation throughout the developing world.
MASHAV's training programs do not attempt to impose any specific model of development, but rather encourage trainees to find their own solutions and adapt them to their respective cultural and social values, promote sustainable development, social equity, economic potential and natural resources, as well as to their regional priorities.