Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct
SDIA and its members share a common vision of development that goes from the deeply personal to the community, to the institutional and global levels. SDIA and its members have adopted a network wide Code of Conduct.
i. Vision of Development
We, the SD Network, give priority to the needs, aspirations and participation of the individuals and communities on whose behalf we are working. We recognize the importance of fundamental human rights, environmental sustainability and accountability to those we serve. We work to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to combat discrimination in all its forms, including on the basis of race, gender, caste, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We understand development as a positive process of human, social, cultural, environmental, economic and political transformation.
ii. Community Participation and Knowledge Sharing
We are committed to participatory and inclusive approaches to development.
As a network we freely share our information and knowledge, continuously learning from each other we base our decisions on mutual understanding and respect. We aim to learn from our mistakes and value our success, no matter how small. We are committed to monitoring and evaluating our activities in order to continually improve our development practices.
Partnerships form the basis for trust and sound development practice. Our partnerships respect one another’s autonomy and constraints and are built on honesty, accountability and transparency. All partners strive for better understanding and appreciation of one another. We reach out to and work in collaboration with institutions that share our aims and objectives.
iv. Transparent and Accountable Management and Reporting
We are committed to transparent and accountable reporting, both between members of the network, and towards beneficiaries, donors and the general public. We seek to identify the appropriate scale and terms of financial support on a case by case basis.
v. Personal Responsibility
In addition to being well-informed and learning from others, we strive to trust our own perceptions and follow our inner feelings as development practitioners. Each human being is responsible for being part of the change processes we envisage for the world.