Aid and Development Resources

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Codes of Conduct, Quality Standards

Sphere Standards was set up in 1997 to develop a set of universal minimum standards in core areas (water supply & sanitation, nutrition, food aid, shelter & site planning and health services) of humanitarian assistance. There is now a Handbook, designed to be used as a tool, as well as training material and case studies (from pilot agencies) online.

CHS Alliance (was People in Aid/Hap Interntional) has Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). See website for info on training, resources, etc.

See NGO Evidence Principles on BOND website.


RedR Run a training programme for relief workers.

BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) learning and training services.

The large organisations, such as VSO, Oxfam, run their own in-house courses which may also be available to partner agencies.

INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre) run a variety of courses in Oxford and London, such as capacity building, supporting Southern advocacy, building organisational relationships.

Internet and Information Technologies

including Open Source (Foss/Floss).

Development Impact and You – DIY Toolkit has practical tools to trigger & support social innovation. “A toolkit on how to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. It’s quick to use, simple to apply, and designed to help busy people working in development.”

Centre for Digital Development at Manchester University Various resources and useful links, research etc. Connected with the university’s Global Development Institute (which took over the Institute for Development Policy and Management).

Spider The Swedish Program for Information and Communication Technology in Developing Regions.

Other Resources

Aid Workers Network Practical advice for aid workers by aid workers.

Small International Development Charities Network on Facebook.

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP).

Changing Ideas “helps photographers and charities turn humanitarian ideas into reality”.

Fahamu makes electronic information available to support progressive social change in the South – includes distance learning materials for human rights and humanitarian organisations. CD-ROMs and online versions of resources such as Writing for Change on effective writing skills.

Fritz Institute (American) is about strengthening the infrastructures of humanitarian relief organizations.

Humanitarian Futures Programme is an independent policy research programme based at King’s College London.

Humentum has some good links.

Scotland’s International Development Alliance.

networklearning is aimed at making resources available to NGOs working in development or humanitarian fields.

Institute of Development Studies (Sussex).

Project Management for Development Organizations is what you might expect from such a name.

Further Contacts

Originally on the Areas of Concern section – may be some overlap with above.

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