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This Code of Conduct defines standards of governance,
management, financial control and reporting with which non-government development
organisations (NGDOs) should comply. In addition, it identifies mechanisms
to ensure accountability in NGDO use of public funds.
The Code aims to maintain and enhance standards throughout the NGDO community, ensuring public confidence in the integrity of individuals and Organisations comprising the NGDO community, and the quality and effectiveness of NGDO programs.
Seeking to reflect global best practice in relation
to the provision of humanitarian assistance, this document outlines guiding
principles for NGO interaction with the military to assist NGOs in maintaining
organisational integrity and focus on the people in need in a humanitarian
The principles were developed in the context of humanitarian agencies increasingly working in complex emergencies and natural disasters with a military presence, forcing more direct engagement than ever before between the military, local population and humanitarian agencies.