Non-Development Activity

1. Introduction

WFWIA is committed to ensuring that we accurately represent our activities to all of the people we work with, our donors, our sponsors and the general public.

2. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to guide WFWIA and our partners to make a clear separation between aid and development and non-aid and development objectives and activities. This policy addresses our obligations when communicating with or soliciting donations from private donors and the public, including fundraising for restricted and unrestricted purposes from aid agencies, sponsors and supporters, and fundraising from the general public.

3. Scope of Policy

This Policy is intended to apply to all WFWIA activities. The policy is applicable to all WFWIA Board members, employees and volunteers. The policy also extends to WFWIA partners and associated implementing organisations.

4. Background

WFWIA is an organisation which promotes education and fights poverty by working with the community of Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya. WFWIA does this by helping all children, women and their families without any question of ethnic, religious or political affiliation.

WFWIA has committed to ensure that funds and other resources designated for the purpose of aid and development will be used only for those purposes and will not be used to promote a particular religious adherence or to support a political party, or to promote a candidate or organisation affiliated to a political party.

5.Definition of Aid & Development Activities

Aid and development refers to the activities undertaken in order to reduce poverty and address global justice issues via direct engagement through community projects, emergency management, community education, advocacy, volunteer sending, provision of technical and professional services and resources, environmental protection and restoration, and promotion and protection of human rights.

WFWIA is committed to ensuring that funds and other resources designated for the purpose of aid and development are used only for those purposes. The concept of aid and development activities can be distinguished by the following principles:

  • Strengths based approaches which encourage people and communities to create solutions for themselves
  • Processes that seek to address the causes of poverty
  • Processes that seek to empower rights holders to claim their rights and ensure that duty bearers exercise their duties
  • Supporting systems and structures which enable people to move out of poverty

6. Definition of Non-Development Activities

Includes activity undertaken to promote a particular religious adherence or to support a particular party, candidate or organisation affiliated to a political party.

WFWIA does not provide support for any religious-based activities. In the course of its work, WFWIA may form working associations with religious-based organisations in order to further the work of WFWIA.

WFWIA does not provide support for partisan political activities which are those that are associated with facilitating or supporting specific political individuals to gain power. This does not include advocacy which is aimed at persuading and influencing decision makers and opinion leaders, and is not aimed at promoting partisan political objectives.

7. Compliance

WFWIA complies with:

  • tax deductibility obligations to the ATO,
  • Fundraising guidelines and,
  • with obligations to donors regarding acceptance and non-acceptance of funds.

8. Guiding Principles

WFWIA supports and is committed to abiding by the following principles:

  • to ensure accurate representation of our activities to the people we work with, donors and the public
  • to ensure that funds raised for aid and development purposes are not used to exploit people and communities who are vulnerable and do not place any conditions or obligations on recipients in terms of non-development, religious or political outcomes that would affect their access to services being offered

9. Control Principles

WFWIA ensures that we and our partners can differentiate between development and non-development activity and communicate this appropriately to stakeholders, donors and the public.

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