Code of Conduct

The membership of CID adopted a Code of Conduct in October 2014, with the latest version dated December 2017 and a review to be undertaken in 2019.  The Code is available below.

CID Code of Conduct

The Code is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice that aims to improve international development and humanitarian outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations.  The Code sets out standards in three areas of accountability - Programming Principles, Public Engagement, and Organisation.

CID’s Code is largely based on the internationally recognised code in use by our counterpart in Australia (ACFID); developed and refined over 15 years.

The Code of Conduct helps professionalise the whole sector through:

  • Providing an opportunity for CID members to improve the effectiveness of their development work
  • Better management of risk for the sector in New Zealand by Boards with respect to donors
  • Assisting CID members with learning and sharing information and good practice within the membership
  • Providing an effective tool for organisational development and continuous improvement
  • Increasing accountability and transparency - placing CID members as leaders in their field

The About the Code document, available below, provides a detailed explanation of the Code, its importance, and the Compliance Self-Assessment process.

About the Code


CID members are required to complete the Code of Conduct Compliance Self-Assessment (CSA) every three years.  The CSA is a true self-assessment and tracks the Code Principles and Obligations, allowing signatory organisations to assess their own compliance – and to provide the relevant supporting explanation to describe the way in which the state if compliance is achieved.

There are five Mandatory Principles in the Code of Conduct:

  • B.1.5 Non-Development Activity
  • B.2.3 Control of Funds and Resources
  • B.3.4 Protection of Children
  • B.5 Emergency Management
  • D.6 Complaints Handling

The other principles and obligations in the Code are progressive, meaning that organisations can indicate if they are progressing in implementing the obligations in order to reach full compliance over time.

For members undergoing the Compliance Self-Assessment process (CSA) process, the CSA form and Implementation and Reference Guide are available below.  The Implementation and Reference Guide has been developed to assist organisations in understanding the Code and meeting its requirements. It gives more detailed information on how signatories can comply with the requirements of the Code.

Compliance Self-Assessment Form

Implementation and Reference Guide (2014)

Other resources to help with the Code of Conduct Self-Assessment process are available in our Resources section - and more information will be added following the Code review later this year.