CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT
The recipients of the Code are:
Volunteers and non-voluntary operators who work together with associations belonging to VIM Coordination, within the scope of their functions and responsibilities.
Ethical rules of conduct for members of associations, employees, collaborators, volunteers and trainees:
With this document, VIM Coordination and the member associations commit themselves and therefore commit the members of the Executive Councils, employees, collaborators, volunteers and trainees to:
● take all necessary measures to prevent the violation of the following ethical principles and monitor their observance;
● after appropriate training and information to respect Madagascar's laws and customs;
● refrain from illegitimate or incorrect behaviour towards people, cultures or the environment;
● protect and enhance human resources, guaranteeing them equal opportunities for human and professional growth for all types of volunteering, and promoting working conditions that respect individual dignity;
● use the Association's resources responsibly, avoiding uses other than those for which they were requested;
● refrain from activities and / or behaviours that conflict with the mission and objectives of the host association;
● refrain from pursuing personal or third party interests in contrast with the Association.
Code of Conduct for volunteers and collaborators.
The following indications are used to draw up rules regarding the conduct to be followed by volunteers and collaborators (summarized below in the word "volunteers") who volunteer their services for projects in Madagascar. It is the responsibility of each volunteer to fully commit to the project in which he participates, to represent the values of the reference association in all the actions he undertakes, in the behavior on the spot as well as in the subsequent involvement at home. The work and personal spheres are difficult to separate, so a great sense of responsibility is essential, even during leisure time. Being guests also in personal behavior we must remember that we represent the association that sends us and the partner association that welcomes us. They will be the ones to answer for our conduct and to face the consequences. Wrong behavior or a word too many can cause serious "damage" to the work and image that the organization has been carrying out for years. Any clear and conscious violation of one of these principles by a volunteer will lead the association to take the measures deemed necessary, through decisions of the President, reserving the right to take all necessary measures to safeguard the good name of the Organization.
Respect for diversity and non-discrimination: Operators are required to respect the fundamental rights of the person, without any form of discrimination and with particular reference to children's rights; they are also required to respect the culture, religious guidelines and the dignity of all people, to whom it is necessary to turn to without distinction of gender and sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, religion, political opinions, personal and social conditions.
Culture and respect: There are unwritten rules that are part of the local culture. We must have decent clothing and personal care appropriate to the context and role. Each volunteer is required to respect cultural and religious differences, as well as to be sober and respectful in lifestyles, such as eating habits, accommodation, behavior towards women and the elderly, clothing, etc.
Compliance with legislation: Each volunteer must comply with the international legislation and national laws of Madagascar and submit to the decisions taken by the authorities called to enforce them, regardless of whether they are considered unfair or badly applied.
Room and board:
In contexts of poverty, the stay of the volunteers will be oriented towards housing and nutritional standards that are not in blatant contradiction with the lifestyles of our interlocutors; the perspective is that of sobriety and consistency, also accepting the possible repetitiveness and frugality of the food on the table or the essential nature of the accommodation that is offered to us.
Observation and Listening: Volunteers are expected to observe and listen as much as possible, taking the time to understand before judging, both on the spot and at home. There is no need to be afraid to ask advise of the people who manage the project, to help understand things and events from a different perspective, but it is essential to develop empathy and the ability to see things from the point of view of the other and to put himself in his shoes. It is also necessary to differ from our habits of rushing, not be in a hurry, control performance anxiety.
Humility: Both the organizers and the members and the volunteers of the associations are "passing guests". We leave without the presumption of changing the world on our own but with the awareness that our actions contribute to a slow and delicate process of change. Often the foreigner is seen as a person full of "possibilities" and able to offer them. We do not lend money and we do not make gifts unless agreed with the staff of the host institution.
Relationships and Friendships: The volunteer's job is basically a relationship, so we must always keep in mind with who we interact. In the management of our emotional and friendship relationships we must be aware of and take into account what is considered ethical in the local culture, in compliance with the principles contained in the Universal Declaration and in the European Convention on Human Rights, in the Convention on Rights for Childhood, in the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and fighting violence against women and domestic violence.
The staff, Italian volunteer and local collaborators of the associations, are absolutely forbidden to have superficial or intimate relationships with members of the local communities younger than 18 years old, ascertained or presumed, or in any case, regardless of age, in the presence of pre-existing affective constraints, legally or less consolidated. It is forbidden to frequent prostitutes or to benefit from paid sexual services of any kind.
Sexual exploitation: It is forbidden to engage in or solicit sexual relations with the beneficiaries of the projects. Relations between project / organization staff and beneficiaries are discouraged where they generate unequal power dynamics. Exchanges of money, favors, gifts, employment or promises of employment in exchange for sexual services are prohibited.
Collaborative relationships: It is required that in work and voluntary relationships with local people, men or women, nobody is placed in a state of subjection by blackmail, threat, deception, abuse of authority, abuse of a situation of psychic inferiority, or of a situation of necessity; any form of harassment, even of a sexual nature, is disapproved and sanctioned.
Minors: The rights of children with whom volunteers come into contact should be respected, especially if in problematic situations which increase their vulnerability. In the event of a third party violation of children's rights, each volunteer is invited to report the situation to the local staff, who can report any abuse to the competent authorities.
Respect for the environment: The Italian associations are ideally committed to protecting the Malagasy environment, ecosystems and biodiversity and expect volunteers to do the same while respecting the nature of the places they visit, limiting the consumption of water and energy as well as any waste. However, any behavior aimed at causing pollution of the air, soil, subsoil, water or damaging, let alone, removing the protected flora and fauna without authorization is strictly prohibited.
Respect for material goods supplied: Volunteers are required to work diligently and maintain responsible behavior, in line with the procedures / indications prepared for the use of the goods, means and tools entrusted to them. Scrupulousness and parsimony are required in their use. Everyone is responsible for the protection of the resources entrusted to him and has the duty to promptly inform the local managers of any damage.
Your stay in Madagascar must be accompanied by a health insurance and must be communicated on the Farnesina website https://www.dovesiamonelmondo.it/ (for italian volunteers).
For security reasons, volunteers must be careful to bring with them the essentials in terms of money, documents and personal items.
For reasons dictated by the need to protect volunteers and their safety, there may be areas, as well as times, where there is an explicit prohibition of going.
Behavior that lead or could lead to health or safety risks for themselves or for third parties must be completely avoided.
Communication: Contributions of documentation, whether in written, photographic, video or other form, are valuable means of amplifying the experience lived but must be accompanied by extreme delicacy and respect for each other and not be the aim of the action supportive. Confidentiality: We must adhere to scrupulous confidentiality regarding all that is confided to us or that we become aware of during the service. Involvement in political activities: All operators are prohibited from involvement in Malagasy political activities or in subversive public order activities.
BANS : The use of drugs, rongony, qat and the abuse of alcohol is prohibited, as well as the performance of one's job under the effect of alcoholic or narcotic substances or producers of similar effects. In collaboration with Muslim-majority communities, however, the ban on alcohol is important and, as a rule, is expressly prohibited. In the presence of minors, smoking is always prohibited. Verbal and physical violent attitudes will not be tolerated. It is strictly forbidden to hold or disclose pornographic material. Relations with minors must be carried out flawlessly from the point of view of correctness and respect for morals. No form of child abuse is tolerated. It is forbidden to distribute gifts or grant any other type of advantages in favor of representatives of the Public Administration or their relatives, relatives, friends, etc., except for those of modest value and on special occasions and always subject to authorization by the project manager . It is forbidden to perform any act of corruption, extortion or falsification both in Italy/Europe and in Madagascar. In particular, any behavior is prohibited, even if carried out in the interest of your Association, directed or in any case aimed at offering or promising (or having offered or promising) money or other utilities not expressly due. It is forbidden for those who, within the Association, hold (also) the role of persons in charge of the Board of Directors to solicit, receive money or any other form of utility from private individuals, to perform or omit acts contrary to the ethical principles just set out . It is also forbidden to abuse one's authority or powers to force or induce someone, by deception, to give or promise utilities of various kinds. Furthermore, any deceptive or misleading behavior, even if carried out in the interest of the Association, must be considered expressly prohibited. It is forbidden to transfer to others information related to any analysis, synthesis, studies, acquired as confidential information and that has been processed by the Association, including formal and informal documents and activities transmitted verbally or in writing, following meetings or conversations, even by telephone.
To be signed by collaborators and volunteers
Declaration of acceptance of the Code of Ethical conduct
I, undersigned …………………………………………………………………… born in ………………………………………… .. on ... ……………………… resident in ……………………………………………………………………………………, in my capacity as …… ................................................................ of the Association …………………………………………………………….
that I have read the CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT referred to in these pages, prepared by the Association ..................................
I COMMIT myself
to respect it scrupulously, to relieve the association from any consequence deriving from my possible violations or ignorance, possibly restoring it for the consequences deriving from my personal responsibility and to personally take on the responsibilities deriving from my behavior contrary to what is dictated and signed, contextually freeing and exempting the organization.
Signature Date ………………………….……………. for acknowledgment …..…………………