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Aid and Development Resources

Updated 25/11/13

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Aid and Development is an Area of Concern with large and well-resourced organisations. Most need no help from us to do their job. However, we believe in publishing relevant information when we have it!


For web links to development organisations see Areas of Concern page.


This page is Listings style, within Sector Information/Areas of Concern groupings.

Codes of Conduct, Quality Standards

The Sphere Project was set up in 1997 to develop a set of universal minimum standards in core areas (water supply & sanitation, nutrition, food aid, shelter & site planning and health services) of humanitarian assistance. There is now a Handbook, designed to be used as a tool, as well as training material and case studies (from pilot agencies) online.

People in Aid 'Promoting best practice in the management and support of aid personnel'. Website gives an overview of their Code, plus resources & publications available, including Health & Safety Courses, Insurance. 56-64 Leonard Street London, EC2A 4LT, phone 020 7065 0900, email:

Code of Conduct for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

See NGO Evidence Principles on BOND website.


There appears to be no shortage, but it is still being developed and improved.

RedR# Run a training prgramme for relief workers.

BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) learning and training services.

People in Aid - see above re health and safety training.

Thomson Reuters Foundation may still provide training, but it is no longer listed on AlertNet.

The large organisations, such as VSO, Oxfam, run their own in-house courses which may also be available to partner agencies.

INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre) run a variety of courses in Oxford and London, such as capacity building, supporting Southern advocacy, building organisational relationships.

Internet and Information Technologies

including Open Source (Foss/Floss).

Development Informatics Various studies on issues such as Information Management Strategy Formation in Northern Development NGOs. From Institute for Development Policy and Management at Manchester University.

International Open Source Network (link problem March 2013), part of UNDP, covers Free/Open Source Software for Asia/Pacific to help bridge digital divide. Includes Humanitarian section.

Spider The Swedish Program for Information and Communication Technology in Developing Regions.

Other Resources

Aid Workers Network Practical advice for aid workers by aid workers. The Exchange weekly email bulletin has a good take-up and useful info.

Changing Ideas "helps photographers and charities turn humanitarian ideas into reality".

Fahamu makes electronic information available to support progressive social change in the South - includes distance learning materials for human rights and humanitarian organisations. CD-ROMs and online versions of resources such as Writing for Change on effective writing skills.

Fritz Institute (American) is about strengthening the infrastructures of humanitarian relief organizations.

MANGO has some good links.

Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland.

networklearning (website access issue Nov. 2012) is aimed at making resources available to NGOs working in development or humanitarian fields.

Institute of Development Studies (Sussex). See their Knowledge Services info.

Project Management for Development Organizations is what you might expect from such a name.