Code of Ethics and Conduct for NGOs

Basic information

  • Host or sponsor: Umbrella organisation
  • Type: Code of Conduct/Ethics
  • Year established: 2005
  • Status: Active
  • Thematic area: General, Advocacy / lobbying
  • Summary: The WANGO code of ethics and conduct is designed to be broadly applicable to the worldwide NGO community. It is a set of fundamental principles, operational principles, and standards to guide the actions and management of non-governmental organisations working in different sectors and regions. It includes issues such as human rights, transparency and accountability, good governance, human resources and public trust, among others. The Committee of the Code of Ethics has recently completed a Compliance Manual (June 2009), which will work as a checklist and catalyst for staff to reflect on and discuss the core principles, standards and ways of conducting operations. This manual will form the basis for a self-certification program to be launched in 2009.

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Contact details

  • Host organisation: World Association of NGOs
  • Acronym: WANGO
  • Website: www.wango.org
  • Email: secretariat@wango.org
  • Address: WANGO International Headquarters 155 White Plains Road, Suite 220 Tarrytown, NY 10591 USA

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Areas addressed

  • Principles or standards: Standards-based
  • Communications / advocacy / fundraising:
    • General commitment to transparency
    • Fundraising standards
    • Lobbying standards
  • Governance and Management:
    • General commitment to good governance
    • Auditing
    • Board structure
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Financial reporting
    • Stewardship of funds
  • Human resources:
    • Staff relations
    • Volunteer relations
  • Beneficiary / client / supporter participation:
    • General commitment to beneficiary participation
    • In monitoring (during project)
    • In evaluation (ex post)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation:
    • General commitment to evaluation
  • Cross-cutting thematic areas:
    • Gender equality
    • Environmental impact
    • Human rights

Further info: The Code of Ethics and Conduct for NGOs addresses nine core areas: guiding principles, NGO integrity, mission and actvities, governance, human resources, public trust, financial and legal, fundraising, and partnerships, collaboration and networking. Under each area the Code details more specific operational standards.

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Participation

  • Reasons for participation
    • Enhancing credibility, quality or reputation

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Compliance

  • Monitoring mechanism: Commitment only
  • Has sanctioning mechanism: No

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Assessment

The WANGO Code of Ethics and Conduct for NGOs was developed by an “international committee representing the wide spectrum of the non-governmental community, and included input from NGO leaders from all regions of the world.” The specific principles and operational standards have been distilled from initiatives such as ACFID, BBB Wise Giving, and the Code of Conduct for NGOs in Ethiopia among others. The standards themselves are well fleshed out providing detailed guidance to NGOs on what is required in areas such as human resources, governance, fundraising and partnership. While organisations can formally sign up to the initiative, it could also be used as a guide for what should be in place in your own organisation, or even as a source of inspiration for your own self-regulatory initiative.

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Downloads

Code of Ethics and Conduct for NGOs

Compliance Manual

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