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Dead letter or living document? Ten years of the Code of Conduct for disaster relief.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16277645     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This paper examines the present value of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief, in view of discussions on neutrality and the Western bias of the humanitarian aid system, and assesses how it can retain its relevance in future. The Code of Conduct was launched just after the Rwanda genocide of April 1994. A decade later, the crises in Afghanistan and Iraq have sparked renewed interest in humanitarian principles and in whether the code can serve as an instrument to define humanitarianism and guide humanitarian decision-making and coordination. More than 300 organisations have now subscribed to it. This paper is based on the findings of a survey of code signatories and the outcomes of a conference on the value and future of the code, held in The Hague, Netherlands, in September 2004 to mark its tenth anniversary.
Authors:
Dorothea Hilhorst
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disasters     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0361-3666     ISO Abbreviation:  Disasters     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-09     Completed Date:  2005-12-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7702072     Medline TA:  Disasters     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  351-69     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Disaster Studies, Wageningen University, Netherlands. thea.hilhorst@wur.nl
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Altruism*
Codes of Ethics / classification*
Humans
International Agencies / classification
Relief Work / organization & administration*

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