The appearance of a Code of Conduct setting standards for the work of NGOs involved in the provision of humanitarian aid is a significant and welcome step - all the more so because it is a collaborative product of many of the largest non-governmental agencies within the International Relief System. The text of the Code provides surprisingly little information on its origins, the process by which it was developed and how it is expected to operate in practice. Such information provides the necessary context for any assessment of the Code's significance and value and also for any discussion over the actual text of the Code. This document is intended to provide such background information so as to give RRN members a sufficient basis upon which to make their assessment of the Code. It has been prepared by the RRN Coordinator drawing on discussions with some of the individuals involved in the preparation of the Code. The actual text and contents of the Code have not been commented upon.
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