Many different helping services are guided by a code of ethics, which grounds the way they work and serves as a guide for practitioners when things get messy. I believe that anyone going to help others, to do international development or community development work, should have a code of ethics to guide them because changing the world isn´t simple. I have made a start on what I think should be in it.
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Here are 9 principles that I believe are important in guiding doing good work in the world. The kind of work that matters and can be transformative for the those you work with and yourself.
- Do no harm – our key aim is to leave things better than before and being awake and present is essential to know if we are doing that
- Client centred – those who we work for should be at the centre of everything we do
- Self-care – looking after ourselves is an essential component of how we do our work, we need to hold ourselves accountable to how we treat ourselves and set a good example in the sector for others to follow suit
- Cultural competence – recognise the cultural, historical, economic, social and political contexts that we work in, affirm diversity and confront discrimination, acknowledge the importance of spirituality and the natural world
- Reflexivity – being aware of who we are, where we are from as well as our beliefs, values and biases
- Participation and empowerment – be guided by the voices of the communities we work with
- Work collaboratively – more heads are better than one, adding more flavour and depth to our beliefs and our work
- Safe and good practice – aiming for praxis, where research and action inform each other, follow processes and procedures and work ethically
- Professional development – personal and professional development are critical to good work