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Our Commitments

Striving for excellence requires that all actors adhere to clearly defined principles, a reliable framework and precise monitoring to maintain our high standards of work. Kindernothilfe has established policies and committed itself to a range of existing codes of conduct. The goal is to make our work even more transparent, verifiable and effective.

Kindernothilfe Statutes

Who: Kindernothilfe official governance bodies /committees
When: 1961, in the 2012 version
What: guiding of the work in Germany and abroad, composition and responsibilities of the Association's bodies

 

Kindernothilfe Policy for Preventing and Combating Corruption (Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct)

Who: Kindernothilfe
When: since 2008
What: code of conduct and integrity; requires all staff members to act with integrity and out a sense of responsibility, in compliance with the law and according to high ethical and moral values; preventing and combating corruption; Kindernothilfe staff members in Germany and abroad must report every act of corruption that they witness or fall victim to; establishing an ombudsperson position.

 

VENRO Code for Development Related PR

Who: Kindernothilfe and members of the Association of German Development NGOs (VENRO)
When: signed in 1998
What: professional and ethical standards for communicating with the media and donors; transparent, efficient and responsible use of funds; a ban on releasing, selling or exchanging donor addresses; Kindernothilfe does not represent populations in need in texts or photos in a degrading manner, does not present sponsored children in a catalogue-like manner, and does not use extreme language to persuade people to donate.

 

Diaconic Corporate Governance Code (DCGC)

Who: Kindernothilfe
When: since 2007
What: transparency and openness in communication; clear lines of responsibility between the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board; qualified work at all levels; establishing the tasks of the association's bodies, departments and the Executive Board; monitoring the work; goal: achieving an efficient and respectful interaction at all Kindernothilfe levels.

 

VENRO Code of Conduct

Who: Kindernothilfe and VENRO members
When: since 2008
What: uniform standards, greater monitoring and demonstrable professionalism; greatest possible degree of transparency; establishing universally applicable standards for aid organisations; supporting independent supervisory authorities like the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI).

 

VENRO Code for Protecting Children from Abuse and Exploitation in Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid

Who: Kindernothilfe and VENRO members
When: since 2009
What: stipulations require all members to protect children from sexual, emotional and physical abuse as well as to shield them from exploitation and negligence; creating an environment that safeguards children's rights and human rights; involving children in decisions that concern them; raising awareness of this issue within one's own organisation and among cooperation partners; ensuring that children's dignity is preserved in national media coverage, education and PR.

 

Transparent Civil Society Initiative

Who: Kindernothilfe and VENRO members, Transparency Germany, the Association of German Foundations, the Deutsches Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen, the German Fundraising Association, the German Cultural Council, the German League for Nature and Environment, the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society
When: 2010
What: Ten fundamental facts that every civil society organisation should publish on its website including its statutes, the names of key decision-makers and details on the sources and use of funds as well as information on staff.

Who we are

Who we are

Kindernothilfe is a non-governmental organisation founded in Germany in 1959. We partner with local non-governmental organisations in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe to realize and protect child rights.

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How we work

How we work

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An overview of our projects and countries

An overview of our projects and countries

We are currently supporting 1.8 million children in 29 countries. Click here to read selected project descriptions.

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