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 Though Sahana is a Free and Open Source Software project, we firmly operate in the area of humanitarian response and thus it is important that we adhere to established ethical principles in this domain as we develop, deploy, support and provide help with the Sahana system. ​ Though Sahana is a Free and Open Source Software project, we firmly operate in the area of humanitarian response and thus it is important that we adhere to established ethical principles in this domain as we develop, deploy, support and provide help with the Sahana system. ​
  
-The code of conduct only appends to the well established [[http://​www.icrc.org/​web/​eng/​siteeng0.nsf/​htmlall/​57JMNB#​a3 | Red-Cross code of conduct (RCCC)]], which is accepted by many NGOs. By aligning our practices, this not only will allow us to work seamlessly with NGOs, Gov response and other relief organizations in service to disaster ​victims/​beneficiaries,​ but also safeguard us from being targeted ​ politically or otherwise if we follow these simple rules.+The code of conduct only appends to the well established [[http://​www.icrc.org/​web/​eng/​siteeng0.nsf/​htmlall/​57JMNB#​a3 | Red-Cross code of conduct (RCCC)]], which is accepted by many NGOs. By aligning our practices, this not only will allow us to work seamlessly with NGOs, Gov response and other relief organizations in service to disaster ​survivors/​beneficiaries,​ but also safeguard us from being targeted ​ politically or otherwise if we follow these simple rules.
  
 ** 1. The Humanitarian imperative comes first ** ** 1. The Humanitarian imperative comes first **
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 RCCC: "​Disaster response assistance should never be imposed upon the beneficiaries. Effective relief and lasting rehabilitation can best be achieved where the intended beneficiaries are involved in the design, management and implementation of the assistance programme. We will strive to achieve full community participation in our relief and rehabilitation programmes."​ RCCC: "​Disaster response assistance should never be imposed upon the beneficiaries. Effective relief and lasting rehabilitation can best be achieved where the intended beneficiaries are involved in the design, management and implementation of the assistance programme. We will strive to achieve full community participation in our relief and rehabilitation programmes."​
  
-  * Sahana strives to be a system that empowers the disaster ​victims/​beneficiaries with the information they need to act and especially help themselves. The system should not be configured to be an imposition on beneficiaries or should improve significantly upon existing manual mechanisms from the beneficiaries point of view.+  * Sahana strives to be a system that empowers the disaster ​survivor/​beneficiaries with the information they need to act and especially help themselves. The system should not be configured to be an imposition on beneficiaries or should improve significantly upon existing manual mechanisms from the beneficiaries point of view.
  
 ** 8. Relief aid must strive to reduce future vulnerabilities to disaster as well as meeting basic needs ** ** 8. Relief aid must strive to reduce future vulnerabilities to disaster as well as meeting basic needs **
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   * When taking responsibility to support a Sahana deployment it is important (even though you might be volunteering) that a comprehensive job is done to make sure Sahana serves the need. We need to be accountable for the performance of the system and it matching to the actual requirements.   * When taking responsibility to support a Sahana deployment it is important (even though you might be volunteering) that a comprehensive job is done to make sure Sahana serves the need. We need to be accountable for the performance of the system and it matching to the actual requirements.
  
-** 10. In our information,​ publicity and advertising activities, we shall recognize disaster ​victims ​as dignified humans, not hopeless objects **+** 10. In our information,​ publicity and advertising activities, we shall recognize disaster ​survivors ​as dignified humans, not hopeless objects **
  
 RCCC: "​Respect for the disaster victim as an equal partner in action should never be lost. In our public information we shall portray an objective image of the disaster situation where the capacities and aspirations of disaster victims are highlighted,​ and not just their vulnerabilities and fears. While we will cooperate with the media in order to enhance public response, we will not allow external or internal demands for publicity to take precedence over the principle of maximizing overall relief assistance. We will avoid competing with other disaster response agencies for media coverage in situations where such coverage may be to the detriment of the service provided to the beneficiaries or to the security of our staff or the beneficiaries."​ RCCC: "​Respect for the disaster victim as an equal partner in action should never be lost. In our public information we shall portray an objective image of the disaster situation where the capacities and aspirations of disaster victims are highlighted,​ and not just their vulnerabilities and fears. While we will cooperate with the media in order to enhance public response, we will not allow external or internal demands for publicity to take precedence over the principle of maximizing overall relief assistance. We will avoid competing with other disaster response agencies for media coverage in situations where such coverage may be to the detriment of the service provided to the beneficiaries or to the security of our staff or the beneficiaries."​
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