About the Code of Conduct

The CID Code of Conduct (“the Code”) is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice that aims to improve international development outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations.

It serves both as a guide to good practice and as a risk management tool.

The Code of Conduct helps to professionalise the whole sector through:

  • Providing an opportunity for CID members to improve effectiveness of development outcomes.
  • Better management of risk for the sector in New Zealand by boards with respect to donors.
  • Assisting CID members with learning and sharing of 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 Code sets out standards in three areas of accountability - Programming Principles, Public engagement and Organisation.

Each of these is divided in sections, with principals and obligations.

The Code of Conduct is shaped by, and reflects the diversity of CID members and accommodate their own specific approaches to aid and development. The application of the Code to individual organization is proportioned to their size and function.

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

Click here to download the Code of Conduct.


For more on the Code click on the links below.