Cufa is committed to ensuring that we accurately represent our activities to the people we work with, our donors, and the public.Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to guide Cufa and our partners to make a clear separation between aid and development; and non-aid and development objectives and activities. This policy addresses our ACFID compliance 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.Scope of Policy
This Policy is intended to apply to all Cufa activities. The policy is applicable to all Cufa employees, Board Members and volunteers. The policy also extends to Cufa partners and associated implementing organisations.Background
Cufa is a development organisation whose work involves developing and supporting financial cooperatives in communities that previously had little or no access to a financial institution and strengthening the financial literacy knowledge of community members in Asia and the Pacific. It is a secular organisation and does not engage in or support any evangelical activities and is not linked to any political party or partner with any local faith-based organisations.
Definition of Aid and Development Activities
Cufa 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; and
- Supporting systems and structures which enable people to move out of poverty.
Definition of Non-Development Activities
Cufa is a secular organisation and does not provide support for evangelical activities and partisan political activities.Evangelical activities are those activities that promote a particular religious adherence or are undertaken with the intention of converting individuals or groups from one faith and/or denominational affiliation to another.
Partisan political activities 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. .
As per the explanatory notes for the Australian Non-Government Cooperation Program (ANCP) state;
“Funds disbursed overseas for welfare, religious or political activities […] are inconsistent with Australia’s aid policy. NGOs must clearly document the assessment of inclusion or exclusion of disbursements in RDE calculations.
Welfare activities are defined as care and maintenance, other than in refugee and emergency situations, which aims to maintain people in a particular condition on a longer-term basis.
Substantial and broad impact on social and economic conditions in the community is not normally expected from welfare programs. Welfare may be provided to an individual or family basis including home-based and institutional care programs, such as those provided by orphanages, homes for the elderly, hospices and the provision of food for those who are destitute. Welfare activities are typically:
- implemented independently of other sustainable community development activities;
- include no strategy for integration into broader community development programs;
- provided on an individual or family basis, rather than on a community basis, and are unconnected to emergency needs; and
- implemented on a long-term basis with no clear exit strategy.”
- To ensure accurate representation of our activities to the people we work with, donors and the public; and
- 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.
As a result, Cufa cannot use ANCP funding for welfare, religious, or political activities.
This policy provides a framework for Cufa’s compliance with principle B.1.5 of the ACFID Code of Conduct. This principle outlines four obligations for signatories to the ACFID Code of Conduct:
1. Cufa will have a clear separation between aid and development and non-aid and development objectives and activities based on the definitions of aid and development and non-aid and development in section F (Definitions) of the Code.
2. This separation will be clear in all fundraising, programs and other activities, in public communications and in all reporting including annual reports.
3. Any fundraising solicitations that include references to both aid and development and non- development activities will provide donors with the choice of contributing to aid and development activity only.
4. Cufa will ensure that any such separation in fundraising, programs and other activities, in public communications and in reporting, extends to partner and implementing organisations and is documented.
Cufa supports and is committed to abiding by the following principles: