Our Core Values

What is an NGO?

Non-governmental organisations, or NGOs, are legally constituted organisations which do not form part of a government, are not-for-profit and work at all levels to alleviate suffering by performing a variety of humanitarian and developmental services or to address specific issues in support of the public good.

Where an NGO is partially or completely funded by governments, it maintains non-governmental status by excluding government representatives from membership and from having decision-making power within the organisation.

Specifically NGOs are:

  • Not owned or directly related to a government, any other regional/local authority, de facto authority, faction, clan or administrative group, and should be independent thereof;
  • Not-for-profit organisations;
  • Self-governing;
  • Task/process oriented and typically made up of people with a common interest to alleviate suffering and perform a variety of humanitarian and developmental services and functions.

Somalia NGO Consortium Core Values

  • Transparency: Through effective policies, procedures and structures we ensure to be open and accountable to our members and stakeholders.

  • Do no harm: We are committed to ethical and responsible actions and activities in the service of communities and people.

  • Empowerment: In all our actions we strive to develop people's capacity and confidence to increase the strength of individuals and communities.

  • Equity: We promote fairness in all our actions as guided by our mandate.

  • Impartiality: We, in all our interactions, show no bias or prejudice against any particular person or group.

  • Accountability: Through our policies and procedures, and in all our actions, we are transparent and accountable, answering to our partners, membership and stakeholders.

Red Cross Code of Conduct

All members are signatories to the 'Red Cross Code of Conduct'.

  1. The humanitarian imperative comes first.
  2. Aid is given regardless of the race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are calculated on the basis of need alone.
  3. Aid will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint.
  4. We shall endeavour not to act as instruments of government foreign policy.
  5. We shall respect culture and custom.
  6. We shall attempt to build disaster response on local capacities.
  7. Ways shall be found to involve programme beneficiaries in the management of relief aid.
  8. Relief aid must strive to reduce future vulnerabilities to disaster as well as meeting basic needs.
  9. We hold ourselves accountable to both those we seek to assist and those from whom we accept resources.
  10. In our information, publicity and advertising activities, we shall recognize disaster victims as dignified human beings, not hopeless objects

The full Red Crescent/ICRC Code of Conduct is available to download or view online.