In seeking greater accountability for people displaced by conflict, Integritas draws on existing humanitarian principles and a range of initiatives aimed at ensuring that assistance is provided in quality and quantity according to standards agreed upon internationally.
— Humanity: Human suffering must be addressed whenever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.
— Neutrality: Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious, or ideological nature.
— Impartiality: Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress and making no distinctions on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, gender, religious belief, class, or political affiliation.
— Operational Independence: Humanitarian action must be autonomous from the political, economic, military objectives that any actors may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.
The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) on Quality and Accountability (Commitments)
The humanitarian response:
— is appropriate and relevant to the needs of the affected population
— is effective and timely
— strengthens local capacities and avoids negative effects
— is based on communication with, participation by, and feedback from affected people and host communities
— includes safe and responsive mechanisms for complaints from affected people and host communities
— is coordinated and complementary
— continuously improves, based on lessons learned
— is properly managed by competent staff and volunteers
— ensures that resources are used effectively, efficiently, and ethically
For more details: http://www.chsalliance.org
Accountability to Affected Populations
as defined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee
Accountability to affected populations is an active commitment to use power responsibly by taking account of, giving account to, and being held to account by the people humanitarian organisations seek to assist.
For more details: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/node/2812