Aid agencies get new code of practice

Aid
agency bosses working in some of the world’s toughest war zones and disaster
areas have been issued with a new code of practice to help manage and support
staff.

The
guidance is designed to help agencies offer better relief to communities in
need by focusing on people management techniques.

The
code has been drawn up by People In Aid, the network of relief development and
advocacy agencies, and covers areas like diversity, equality and training.

People
in Aid executive director, Jonathan Potter, said the document, called ‘The code
of good practice in the management and support of aid personnel’, puts people
management at the centre of its mission.

"Communities
in need and aid workers both deserve the best support we can offer and the code
will help agencies do exactly that," he said.

The
code links together aims and indicators in seven areas: health, safety and
security; learning, training and development; recruitment and selection;
consultation and communication; support, management and leadership; staff
policies and practices; and human resources strategy.

Code-implementing
agencies receive kitemarks reflecting their commitment, and achievements are
verified with social audits involving staff and other stakeholders.

www.peopleinaid.org

By Ross Wigham

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