Code of Conduct
The following DBG code of conduct was fundamentally
adopted from the International Red Cross, the Red Crescent Movement
and other international NGOs with disaster response programs/projects-
Article1 - Humanitarian imperatives comes first
right to receive humanitarian assistance, and to offer it, is
a fundamental humanitarian principle, which should be enjoyed
by all people .DBG recognize its obligation to provide humanitarian
assistance it is needed within Somalia. As members of the international
community, DBG recognize to provide humanitarian assistance
wherever is needed. Hence, the need for unimpeded access of
affected populations is fundamental importance of exercising
responsibility. DBG prime motivation is to alleviate human sufferings
amongst those least able to withstand the stresses caused by
disasters. When DBG provides humanitarian aid is not a partisan
or political act and should not view as such.
Assistance to an individual or a community in need
is given regardless of the clan, race, creed, gender or nationality
of the recipients, and without adverse distinction of any kind
priorities are calculated on the bases of need alone. Wherever
possible, DBG will base the provision of relief and development
assistance upon through assessment of the needs of the targeted
communities and local capacities already in place for satisfying
entire DBG programs will reflect considerations of proportionality.
Human sufferings must be alleviated wherever it is found. Thus,
the provision of assistance will reflect the degree of suffering
it seeks to alleviate and the developmental need of targeted
community. In the process of implementing these approaches,
the DBG Board of Directors recognizes the crucial role of women
in conflict/disaster prone communities, and will ensure their
positions are supported by DBG.
The implementation of such a universal, impartial and independent
policy can only be effective if DBG and its partners have accesses
to the necessary resources to provide for such equitable relief,
and have equal access to all disaster victims.
Artcile3 - Aid will not be used
to further particular political and religious stand point
shall endeavor not to act as an instrument of government or
government foreign policies. Humanitarian aid will be given
according to the needs of individuals, families and communities.
DBG shall endeavor not to act as instrument for
governments or any other entities
DBG will never knowingly or through negligence, allow itself,
its employees or other bodies that may serve purposes other
than those which are strictly humanitarian and developmental,
nor will the NGO act as instrument of foreign policies of donor
DBG values and promotes the voluntary giving of relief and developmental
aid by individuals and organizations as motivation and support
of its work. As much as possible DBG will seek to avoid dependence
upon a single funding source of any particular donor.
- DBG shall endeavor to respect culture and custom
DBG will endeavor to respect the culture, customs and structure
of communities it is working in within Somalia.
DBG shall attempt to build disaster response capabilities
based on local capacities
All people and communities-even in disaster-possess capacities
as well as vulnerabilities. Where possible, DBG shall strengthen
these capacities by enhancing and utilizing local disaster coping
mechanism, employing local staff, purchasing local materials
and trading with local companies and will cooperate with local
government structures where appropriate.
DBG will place a high priority on the proper coordination of
its emergence responses in collaboration with stakeholders and
other organizations operating in the Emergence Response Sector.
-Ways shall be found to involve program/project
beneficiaries in the management of assistance given to them
response and development assistance should never be imposed
upon the beneficiaries. Effective relief and sustainable devolvement
can best be achieved where the intended beneficiaries are involved
in the design, management and implementation of the assistance
program. DBG will strive to achieve full community participation
in its relief and development programs.
Article8-Relief aid must strive to reduce future
vulnerabilities to disaster as well as meeting basic needs
relief actions affect the prospect of long ¬term development,
either in positive or negative fashion. DBG recognize this and
therefore will strive to implement programs which actively reduce
beneficiary's vulnerability to future disasters and also create
sustainable livelihoods. Furthermore, DBG will endeavor to minimize
negative impacts of relief assistance. DBG will actively avoid
creating in its programs the syndrome of dependence. In addition,
DBG will pay great attention in designing and managing relief
projects the negative impacts of environmental derogation. Accordingly,
all DBG relief operations shall be environmentally friendly.
DBG holds itself accountable to those it seeks to
assist and those from whom it accepts resources
DBG often acts as an institutional link in the partnership between
those who wish to assist and those who need assistance during
disasters and development activities. Therefore, DBG holds itself
accountable to both constituencies.
All DBG dealings with donors and beneficiaries shall be accountable
and transparent matter. DBG recognize the need to report on
its activities, financial accounting as well as reporting on
progress and impacts of programs. DBG recognize the obligation
to insure appropriate monitoring of aid distribution and to
carryout regular assessments the impacts of disaster assistance.
DBG programs will be based on high standards of professionalism
and expertise in order to minimize the wastage of valuable resources.
Article10-DBG information and publicity
in fundraising activities recognize that disaster victims and
developmental aid beneficiaries are dignified human beings and
not hopeless objects
for disaster victims and developmental aid recipients as equal
partners shall never be forgotten. In fundraising activity DBG
shall portray the images of disaster victims and development
aid beneficiaries as dignified people and their capacities and
aspirations should be highlighted and not just their vulnerabilities
and their fears. While cooperating with the media for public
response enhancement, DBG will not allow demands of international
or local media for publicity to take precedence of maximizing
overall relief assistance.