Our Principles in action: Understanding and implementing the Code of Conduct Programme

Organized by HFI, ICVA and ICRC Jakarta

Using religious values and doctrines as a reference or impulse for humanitarian actions is not a uniquely Muslim phenomenon. The value of charity and humanity is an essential part of all major religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Hinduismism and Budhism. In Judaism, for example, term tzedekah—pararel with sadaqah in Islam—that means charity, is central to the faith. In Hinduismism, seva which means ‘to help’ or ‘to service’ regarded as an expresion of human spirituality. Modern humanitarian system and organisations in the West, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and international humanitarian law, have roots in the Judeo-Christian tradition.  However, in ulterior developements, some organisations continue to preserve religious references and afiliates with particular religious institutions while others, adopting a code of conduct based on universal principles, have choosen to separate from any religious affiliation.
FBOs share with 'secular' humanitarian organisations an interest in humanitarian action. It has frequently a tremendous role in helping vulnerable people using a grass-root network of mosques
and churches that facilitate access to the field. Examples abound in Africa or Indonesia. However, inherent within the dual nature of FBOs is the challenge to balance between purely humanitarian aid and interest of religious propagation or political agenda. The reality shows a mix record with some FBOs strictly following a neutral an impartial line of behaviour along the Code of Conduct of The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement while others have been obeserved heavily mixing evangelical or da'wah (Islamic missionary) activities in the process of delivering humanitarian aid.

In this context, reafirming humanitarian code of conduct, shading it with field experiences especially in conflict situation will bring about new perspective for NGO working in Indonesia.
1. Building a space for diverse actors to better understand their common humanitarian values;
2. Allowing individual practitioners from different types of organizations in Indonesia responding to the same crises in the same country/geographic areas to meet and create
3. Supporting the use of humanitarian principles in operational decision-making;
4. Helping translate humanitarian principles into practice

By the end of the workshop, the participants will:
Have a stronger understanding of the commonalities shared by the different stakeholders in humanitarian action;
Have tools to apply their knowledge of humanitarian principles (incl. the Code of Conduct) in their decisions and actions whenever relevant in their work and that of their organization;
Be able to promote improved understanding and awareness of humanitarian principles (incl. Code of Conduct).
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Publication date: 
August, 2015
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