Nancy, one of CAGI’s members, sent us the following summary of principles and good practices for humanitarian donorship – many which apply to conflict situations like the one in Aceh. You’ll notice that these principles: Affirm the primary position of civilian organizations in implementing humanitarian action and call for the Respect and promotion of the implementation of international humanitarian law, refugee law and human rights.
Please see below for more info (prepared by Jim Davis – KAIROS).
The international humanitarian assistance community has launched a number of initiatives to define and implement good humanitarian practices including The Code of Conduct: Principles of Conduct for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Response Programmes (1995) and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response–the Sphere Project. More recently representatives of governments, including Canada, multilateral donors, United Nations institutions, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and other organizations involved in humanitarian action participated in the International Meeting on Good Humanitarian Donorship in Stockholm in June 2003 and review past achievements as well as current challenges in global humanitarian action including complexity of crises, safe humanitarian access, increased media attention and public awareness, increase number of humanitarian actors and needs for better coordination mechanisms. Canada subsequently took on the leadership of this on-going consultation process and hosted the Second International Meeting on Good Humanitarian Donorship in Ottawa in October 2004. In addition, and particularly relevant in the aftermath of this crisis, are the following Principles and Good Practices of Humanitarian Donorship that KAIROS would like to accent:
The conclusions of the seminal Stockholm meeting resulted in 23 Principles and Good Practices of Humanitarian Donorship) endorsed by donors for enhanced effectiveness, efficiency and accountable. In view of the late December South and Southeast Asia earthquake and resulting tsunami, KAIROS would like to underscore the values of learning and accountability and the general need for:
In addition, and particularly relevant in the aftermath of this crisis, are the following Principles and Good Practices of Humanitarian Donorship that KAIROS would like to accent: