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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

Bilateral donors to Sri Lanka signed a set of 10 Guiding Principles for Humanitarian and Development Assistance in Sri Lanka.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 30 May, (Asiantribune.com): The main bilateral donors to Sri Lanka recently signed a set of 10 Guiding Principles for Humanitarian and Development Assistance in Sri Lanka.

The donor countries who signed these Guiding Principles are: Australia, Canada, European Commission, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United Nations and United States.

All NGOs or indeed other implementing partners funded by these donors, such as United Nations and World Bank, are committed to follow these Guiding Principles.

The Guiding Principles are intended to reassure the people of Sri Lanka about the constructive and professional approach underpinning our work in Sri Lanka. They show the commitment by donors and their implementing partners to give aid impartially to provide humanitarian and development help to citizens in need, not to fuel conflict or terrorism. The Principles commit donors and agencies to share information with government and public about their work. And so on.

The Guiding Principles also underline the conditions required to enable donors and their implementing partners to work, such as having access to all people in need to provide help and receiving security needed to carry out our work.

These Guiding Principles are intended to contribute positively to the government’s own initiative called the Mode of Operations process. This Mode of Operations will set certain procedures and norms for aid partners to follow. Donors and implementing partners will continue to liaise and cooperate fully with the GOSL on developing this Mode of Operations initiative.

According to sources, these Guiding Principles were not invented or negotiated for Sri Lanka specifically. They are internationally accepted norms for aid work. They are enshrined in the International Code of Conduct of the NGOs and Red Cross/Crescent Movement. They are also found in the each donor’s founding statutes.

The donors have involved the government in their initiative. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister for Disaster Management and Human Rights, attended the signing ceremony with the donors and is again present for the public launch of the Guiding Principles.

- Asian Tribune -

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