Basic Operating Guidelines agreed to by Undersigned Agencies in Nepal

I thought this was really noteworthy to post up and to remind ourselves why and how we should act while we are here.

Based on principles agreed internationally and in Nepal, we the undersigned have adopted the following Basic Operating Guidelines for all development and, if necessary, humanitarian assistance in Nepal.

  1. We are in Nepal to contribute to improvements in the quality of life of the people of Nepal. Our assistance focuses on reducing poverty, meeting basic needs and enabling communities to become self-sufficient.
  2. We work through the freely expressed wishes of local communities, and we respect the dignity of people, their culture, religion and customs.
  3. We provide assistance to the poor and marginalized people of Nepal, regardless of where they live and who they are. Priorities for assistance are based on need alone, and not on any political ethnic or religious agenda.
  4. We ensure that our assistance is transparent and we involve poor people and their communities in the planning, management and implementation of programmes. We are accountable to the those whom we seek to assist and to those providing the resources.
  5. We seek to ensure the our assistance tackles discrimination and social exclusion, most notably based on gender, ethnicity, caste and religion.
  6. We recruit staff on the basis of suitability and qualification for the job, and not on the basis of political or any other considerations.
  7. We do not accept our staff and development partners being subjected to violence, abduction, harassment or intimidation, or being threatened in any manner.
  8. We do not work where staff are focused to compromise core values or principles.
  9. We do not accept our assistance being used for any military, political or sectarian purposes.
  10. We do not make contributions to political parties and do not make any forces contributions in cash or kind.
  11. Our equipment, supplies and facilities are not used for purposed other than those stated in our programme objectives. Our vehicles are not used to transport persons or good that have no direct connection with the development programme. Our vehicles do not carry armed or uniformed personnel.
  12. We do not tolerate the theft, diversion or misuse of development or humanitarian supplies. Unhindered access of such supplies is essential.
  13. We urge all those concerned to allow full access by development and humanitarian personnel to all people in need of assistance, and to make available, as for as possible, all necessary facilities for their operations, and to promote the safety, security and freedom of movement of such personnel.
  14. We expect and encourage all actors concerned to comply strictly with international humanitarian principles and human rights law.

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