Code of Conduct

DanChurchAid and the ACT Alliance are signatories to Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief.

The Code of Conduct was established in 1994 as the result of a collaboration between the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and a number of international NGOs organised in the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response.

The Code of Conduct sets out ten core principles as well as three annexes with recommendations to governments of affected states, donor governments and intergovernmental organisations. Over the years, adherence to the Code of Conduct has become one important way for the Red Cross and Red Crescent and NGOs to define themselves as humanitarians. Since the development of the Code of Conduct, there have been many developments in terms of standards and mechanisms to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian response - such as SPHERE and most recently the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS). However, the original Code of Conduct remains a central reference in the sector.

Code of Conduct - the core principles

  1. The humanitarian imperative comes first.
  2. Aid is given regardless of the race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are calculated on the basis of need alone.
  3. Aid will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint.
  4. We shall endeavour not to act as instruments of government foreign policy.
  5. We shall respect culture and custom.
  6. We shall attempt to build disaster response on local capacities.
  7. Ways shall be found to involve programme beneficiaries in the management of relief aid.
  8. Relief aid must strive to reduce future vulnerabilities to disaster as well as meeting basic needs.
  9. We hold ourselves accountable to both those we seek to assist and those from whom we accept resources.
  10. In our information, publicity and advertising activities, we shall recognise disaster victims as dignified human beings, not hopeless objects.

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More information about The Code of Conduct can be found at IRFC's website

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