The Humanitarian Imperative: to prevent and alleviate suffering; to protect life and health (improve human conditions); and to ensure respect for human beings, and the right to receive/offer assistance.
Neutrality: not to take sides in the hostilities/controversies based on political, racial, religious or ideological identity (non-partisanship/independence).Transparency and openness are key issues to keep neutrality. Neutrality cannot mean non-action for an organization that has adopted a human rights approach. Defending human rights should not be seen as a partisan activity.
Impartiality (non-discrimination): aid is delivered to all those who are suffering, the guiding principle is only their needs. Human rights are the basis and the framework for an assessment of needs. This principle includes both the proportionality to need as well as the principle of non-discrimination.
Do no/less harm: “Do no harm” or minimize the harm relief workers may be doing by being present/providing assistance.
Participation of affected populations: Humanitarian action tends to look at short-term needs and forget the responsibilities to give sustainable aid in a way that realizes the right of affected populations to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Communities and national authorities play the central role in enhancing resilience to disasters, through the entire spectrum of risk management: prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery. Leadership with strong participation by all stakeholders. Thus, external support should focus on strengthening national and sub-national preparedness for and response to emergencies. Working with local partners to improve capacity not only benefits the affected communities, but also lessens the burden on aid organizations working in the region.
One of CISDA’s key strengths is its partnership with local authorities in South Sudan, the key duty bearers during an emergency to protect the rights of their people. CISDA is in a unique position to partner with Governments to build the capacities of government counterparts, especially at local level, closest to the community. CISDA is also collaborating with State Ministry of Agriculture and Forest in providing field extension services in the State counties of Nyirol (Jonglei State). Mayendit County (Unity State) Jur River County (WeBG State)