Micro-Project Infrastructure & Special Need Projects

ADRA Azerbaijan recognizes that conflict impacted communities have limited resources to respond to infrastructural or public service needs that materially impact the lives of whole communities. Obsolete or damaged infrastructure through man-made or natural disasters, can produce wide ranging problems from the loss of housing, to food security concerns, lost income generation opportunities, to increased health concerns. ADRA Azerbaijan supports communities seeking assistance with self-help initiatives to address local disasters and infrastructure needs created by unforeseen natural or manmade disasters, or a material deterioration in public infrastructure. Up-to the end of 2005, initiatives supported by ADRA Azerbaijan included the renovation of orphanages, hospitals, the donation of clothing and school uniforms, the supply of donated medical equipment and supplies, and the support of infrastructural repair projects such as potable water systems.

Code of Conduct

Both ADRA International and ADRA Azerbaijan strongly support the six core principles adopted by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee in July 2002 and re-affirmed and expanded in December 2006, which protect beneficiaries of humanitarian assistance from sexual exploitation and abuse. As a founding member of the InterAction consortium of US-based NGOs, ADRA International is engaged in the global initiative to identify benchmarks over a multi-year time frame that will set in place further mechanisms for NGOs to prevent and respond to the lack of protection for beneficiaries in the area of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). ADRA International believes that these benchmarks are a necessary foundation for its compliance with the IASC's six core principles.

Through its partnership with InterAction, ADRA International is beginning the process of certifying its compliance with the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) and plans to make its humanitarian accountability framework (including reporting mechanisms) publically available within the year. Senior management and programming staff at ADRA International have received training as part of the Building Safer Organizations project, which seeks to strengthen the safety of beneficiaries by building the capacity of international, national and local humanitarian NGOs to receive and respond to allegations concerning the abuse and/or exploitation of persons of concern.

ADRA sets a high standard in terms of the independence, effectiveness, and impact of our humanitarian work in bettering the lives of those who receive assistance from our programs. To ADRA International is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations in Disaster Relief (1994) and requires compliance with its ten principles for all emergency and humanitarian programs coordinated and/or implemented by its staff and partners. In the context of refugees, compliance with the ICRC Code establishes our credibility and accountability to those we assist, as well as those from whom we accept resources.

Having served as a pilot organization for Sphere, ADRA International also requires adherence to the common and technical standards enumerated in the Sphere Project handbook (2004) in all of its emergency-related programs, including aid worker competencies and responsibilities (common standard #7) and the supervision, management, and support of personnel (common standard #8). ADRA International has a zero tolerance for staff misconduct and maintains strong relations with both the ADRA regional leadership based in Moscow and the ADRA Azerbaijan Board of Directors. These relations enable it to bring pressure to bear internally and ensure swift action should any infraction or misconduct in relation to sexual exploitation or abuse be reported.

ADRA International has also integrated the six IASC core principles and HAP framework into the internal policy and protocols, competency-based curriculum, and training materials it uses to train ADRA country directors, emergency response coordinators, and field staff on an annual basis through the ADRA Professional Leadership Institute (APLI) and Management Orientation Workshops (MOW). These additions will take effect from May 2009 onwards.

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