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 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


2019 Review of the CID Code of Conduct

It was agreed that the CID Code would be reviewed more substantively after it had been further rolled-out across the full membership of CID. Almost 100% of the membership had gained compliance with the Code at the beginning of 2019, and with the prominence of topical issues such as localization and safeguarding, this year marked an opportune time to conduct a substantive review to ensure the Code. This review would ensure its continued relevance, capture insights and reflections from Code users and other stakeholders, and to further strengthen its transparency and accountability mechanisms for the sector into the future.

On the 11th February 2020 committee had their first opportunity to collectively discuss and provide feedback on the recommendations as outlined and proposed within the Code Review report, as well as the feedback from the CID Board. Pending a single further amendment, the Code Committee revisions were accepted by the CID Board on the 26th February 2020, with this amendment finalised on the 1st September 2020.

As outlined in the CID Code Framework (December 2017) states, in support of transparency and accountability changes in the Code will only be made in consultation with signatory organisations, to be approved at the next AGM (5th November 2020).

Revised CID Code of Conduct Review Recommendations



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.