Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct: Programme Principles

Posted on 17 December 2019

B.1 Effective Aid and Development

B.1.1 Accountability to Primary Stakeholders

'Accountability': What do Crisis-affected People Think?

A YouTube video of a public event held on the subject of 'accountability to affected people'. Video coverage includes an investigation of the factors that have helped agencies put accountability into practice. (47 minutes)

Being Accountable to Affected People

An online self-study course on being accountable to affected people. Coverage of the course includes what it means to be accountable to affected populations and how to build accountability into every stage of the project cycle. (approx 2 hours)

From the Ground Up: Taking a Needs-based Approach to Humanitarian Transparency

Webinar on emerging themes in humanitarian transparency produced by ‘Publish What You Fund’. (48 minutes)


B.1.2 Quality Approach

Monitoring and Evaluation Practices

Course on the basics of Monitoring and Evaluation. (2 hours)


B.1.3 Consistency with Vision, Purpose and Values

Mission, Vision and Values Statements

Basic resource on mission, vision and value statements. May be relevant to organisations needing to formulate or articulate their mission, vision or value statement. (3 pages)

Brief Introduction to Program Logic Models

Introductory YouTube video on program logic models. Program logic models are a tool that can be useful for mapping the intended relationship between aid and development activities and organisational goal, as well as creating a plan that is easily communicable with stakeholders. (5 minutes)


B.1.4 Addressing Gender

Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action

Guidelines produced by the Global Protection Cluster and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee pertaining to Gender-Based Violence. (357 pages)

Managing Gender-Based Violence Programmes in Emergencies

UN Population Fund course on managing gender-based violence programmes in emergencies. Module 1 of the course focuses on understanding Gender-based violence

Gender Matters

A self-paced course introducing the concept of gender. The course provides a number of lenses to look at the concept of gender and related inequalities. (2 hours)

Gender Equality in Emergencies

A short video that covers the steps to address the gendered needs of groups in emergencies. (3 minutes)

Gender Justice: An Introduction

An online course produced by Oxfam on the subject of gender justice. The course includes coverage of basic concepts of gender justice and two common approaches to achieving gender justice. (1.5 hours) 

Gender Equality and Women and Girls’ Empowerment

ODI report on gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment. The report includes links to other ODI research to expand on topics introduced. (19 pages)


B.1.5 Non-development Activity

Non-Development Activity Webinar

Slides from an ACFID webinar on the topic of non-development activity. The slides provide a comprehensive definition of what constitutes development and non-development activity. Gives a number of recommendations on how to ensure the separation of these two activities. (31 slides)


B.1.6 Environment Sustainability

Environment and Humanitarian Action: Increasing Effectiveness, Sustainability and Accountability

A UNOCHA report that examines the integration of environmental considerations into humanitarian activities. The report gives recommendations on how this integration could occur. (48 pages)


B.2 Relationships with Partners 

B.2.1 Mutual Respect and Support

Humanitarian Partnerships

Humanitarian Practice Network report on humanitarian partnerships. A resource more for a contextual understanding of humanitarian partnerships rather than providing explicit guidance on how to foster positive development/humanitarian partnerships. (52 pages) 

Rethinking Capacity and Complementarity for a More Local Humanitarian Action

Humanitarian Policy Group report on capacity and complementarity for localised humanitarian action. The report gives recommendations on how to work most effectively with local partners. (42 pages)


B.3 Human Rights

B.3.1 Human Rights in Aid and Development

Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

Self-paced introductory course on the basics of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). It is principally addressed to humanitarian practitioners, policy-makers and other professionals who are keen on understanding how and when this body of law applies, and whom it protects. (approx 5 hours)

Rights in Sight: Australian Aid and Development NGOs on Human Rights

ACFID report on human rights and aid/development NGOs. Includes coverage of how a rights-based approach can be used to inform development strategies and how some Australian NGOs have implemented a rights-based approach to their work. (34 pages)


B.3.2 Rights of Vulnerable and Marginalised People

Marginalised Minorities in Development Programming 

UNDP resource guide and toolkit on marginalised minorities in development programmes. Coverage within the document includes who are minorities, what are minority rights and tools for integration of minorities into development programming. The primary target audience of the report is UNDP staff, government and civil society organisations. (240 pages)


B.3.3 Working with People with a Disability

Disability Orientation

A course developed by UNICEF. Coverage includes the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how to mainstream disability through practice. (approx 50 minutes)

Basic Principles of Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Response

An online course that introduces concepts to increase your understanding of disability and the needs of people with disabilities in humanitarian contexts. It is intended to help organisations promote an inclusive humanitarian response to ensure that people with disabilities are taken into account before, throughout and after the response. (30 minutes)

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


B.3.4 Protection of Children

Bystanders Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse

A short video on how to react responsibly when you feel a child’s boundaries have been violated. (10 minutes)

Adolescents in Humanitarian Contexts

A course designed to provide guidance for practitioners on best practices and approaches when working with adolescents in humanitarian contexts, gaining a better understanding of who are adolescents and why is important to work with them. (approx 3 hours)

Psychological First Aid for Children

The Psychological First Aid Training Manual for Child Practitioners (PFA) from Save the Children details skills and competences that practitioners can use to reduce the initial distress of children who have recently been exposed to a traumatic event.

Core Commitments for Children

A course on the Core Commitments for Children. The course aims to help participants understand and apply the fundamental elements of the Core Commitments for Children. (approx 2 hours)

Child rights and Why They Matter

A course designed to increase understanding of childs rights and a childs rights approach. (approx 75 minutes)

Unlocking Children's Rights

A course on the rights of children. A section of the course looks at how to ensure that children are participating in decision-making that will affect them. 

Child Protection

A short video that introduces the meaning of child protection in a humanitarian emergency. It highlights some key points to remember before responding to an emergency and signposts to key humanitarian principles for ensuring a child’s protection. (2 minutes)

Child Safeguarding

A short video on some of the signs of potential Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and how to respond to safeguard children. (3 minutes)

B.4 Advocacy

B.4.1 Speaking from Evidence

Advocacy Toolkit

UNICEF advocacy toolkit. Coverage within the toolkit includes the development of an advocacy strategy and managing risks in advocacy. (144 pages)

Introduction to Advocacy

A UNICEF course on what advocacy is and how to build capacity to carry out advocacy and how to develop advocacy strategies. (approx 30 minutes)


B.5 Emergency Management

B.5.1 International Standards

Introduction to International Humanitarian Law

An introductory course on International Humanitarian Law. (2.5 hours)

Sphere Minimum Standards

A short video introducing the Sphere Minimum standards. (2 minutes)

Sphere Handbook in Action

A course on the Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response. Course coverage includes the use of scenarios to illustrate their application. The course is made up of multiple modules that could be completed individually. (9 hours)

Building Blocks for Humanitarian Practice Course

A course that introduces the values, ethics and principles that underpin humanitarian action. It provides an overview of the bodies of law that inform humanitarian response including international humanitarian law, human rights law, refugee law, and international disaster response law. (4 hours)

Impartiality: Practical Dilemmas of Principled Action

A downloadable audio podcast of a learning session focused on the principle of impartiality 

Principles in Action: How do Neutrality and Independence Contribute to Humanitarian Effectiveness?

A YouTube video from the International Committee of the Red Cross on the way in which neutrality and independence contribute to humanitarian effectiveness. (1.5 hours)

Humanitarianism Part 1: Applying Key Principles

Humanitarianism Part 2: Applying Key Standards

A 2 part course on the application of key principles and standards in humanitarian work (2 hours)

Neutrality: Practical Dilemmas of Principled Action

Impartiality: Practical Dilemmas of Principled Action

Independence: Practical Dilemmas of Principled Action

Humanity: Practical Dilemmas of Principled Action

Series of 30-minute webinars on the application of neutrality, impartiality, independence and humanity.


B.5.2 Coordination with Other Actors 

A Basic NGO Coordination Guide

A guide produced by ICVA on NGO coordination. Produced primarily for application in the context of humanitarian response situations, however, parts of the guide are applicable in other contexts. (63 pages)

Working Together in the Field for Effective Humanitarian Response

Background paper produced by ALNAP on cooperation within humanitarian responses. As a background paper, it primarily serves as a resource that can be used to understand what coordination in a humanitarian context can look like, rather than providing guidance as to how this is made operational by organisations. (60 pages)