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A framework from the Disasters Emergency Committee that helps it to ensure that it is accountable to its beneficiaries, that it adheres to agreed principles, uses funds as stated, achieves its …

A framework from the Disasters Emergency Committee that helps it to ensure that it is accountable to its beneficiaries, that it adheres to agreed principles, uses funds as stated, achieves its objectives and learns from its experience. Learn more about what NIDOS is doing on NGO good practice and accountability at http://www.nidos.org.uk/learning/article.asp?id=478

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  • 1. We use funds as stated We achieve intended programme objectives and outcomes We are committed to agreed humanitarian principles, standards and behaviours 1 We are accountable to beneficiaries 2 We learn from our experience Ensuring sound financial management at agency and partner levels Maximising the potential for programmes to achieve objectives and outcomes which respond to a demonstrated need Fulfilling the principles embodied in the Red Cross Code of Conduct, Sphere, People-in-Aid [plus one other central to the agency’s contribution as appropriate] Taking account of, giving an account to and being held to account by disaster survivors Improving performance based on lessons learnt 1.1 Defined and documented processes are in place at the appropriate level governing the use and management of funds 2.1 Defined and documented processes are in place at the appropriate level for programme development, implementation and management 3.1 The agency has a clear statement of standards (including principles, standards and behaviours) to which it works 4.1 Defined and documented processes are in place at the appropriate level governing engagement with beneficiaries 5.1 Defined and documented processes are in place at the appropriate level to effectively capture key learning from a range of sources 1.2 Agreed budgets support delivery of the programme 2.2 Programme design is responsive to clearly defined needs, risks in the operating environment and the capacity of the agency and/or its partners 3.2 Defined and documented processes are in place at the appropriate level governing the application of agreed humanitarian standards 4.2 Programme proposals are underpinned by beneficiary accountability 5.2 Defined and documented processes are in place at the appropriate level to evaluate key learning 1.3 Financial arrangements are responsive to the level of financial risk in the location of the disaster response 2.3 Progress towards intended objectives and outcomes is measured and monitored 3.3 Agreed standards are clearly and effectively communicated to staff and partners 4.3 Beneficiary entitlements, rationale for activity and for beneficiary selection, and response plans are publicised to beneficiaries 5.3 Key learning is incorporated into processes and programmes in a timely manner 1.4 Signed agreements are in place between the agency and approved partners, contractors and suppliers 2.4 Unintended programme impacts and outcomes are identified and dealt with in a timely manner 3.4 Programme proposals are underpinned by agreed standards 4.4 Beneficiary feedback is captured, evaluated and actioned 5.4 Key learning is effectively communicated to staff and partners
  • 2. We use funds as stated We achieve intended programme objectives and outcomes We are committed to agreed humanitarian principles, standards and behaviours 1 We are accountable to beneficiaries 2 We learn from our experience Ensuring sound financial management at agency and partner levels Maximising the potential for programmes to achieve objectives and outcomes which respond to a demonstrated need Fulfilling the principles embodied in the Red Cross Code of Conduct, Sphere, People-in-Aid [plus one other central to the agency’s contribution as appropriate] Taking account of, giving an account to and being held to account by disaster survivors Improving performance based on lessons learnt 1.5 Disbursement of funds is documented and approved 2.5 Required changes to programme objectives and outcomes are identified and implemented in a timely manner 3.5 Appropriate action is taken where areas of weakness are is identified 4.5 Appropriate action is taken where areas of weakness are identified   5.5 Appropriate action is taken where areas of weakness are identified 1.6 Budget variances are regularly identified, investigated and appropriately actioned 2.6 Progress towards intended objectives and outcomes is regularly reported to appropriate levels of management 3.6 The scope of external evaluations includes the area of fulfilling agreed humanitarian standards   4.6 The scope of external evaluations includes the area of accountability to beneficiaries 5.6 The scope of external evaluations includes the area of learning from experience  1.7 Security of assets is maintained and monitored 2.7 Appropriate action is taken where non compliance is identified 1.8 Appropriate action is taken where non compliance is identified 2.8 The scope of external evaluations includes the area of achieving intended objectives and outcomes       1.9 The scope of external evaluations / reviews / audits includes the area of using funds as stated

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