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15 Feb, 2016
Recently, ADHOC-CC participated in a unique initiative organised by UNICEF in Geneva.  The consultation drew the participation of over 100 representatives from UNICEF field offices, head-quarters in New York, and international and national NGOs from across the globe to discuss the ways in which already existing partnerships could be enhanced in order to realize children’s rights in emergencies. It was the first UNICEF consultation with NGOs that focused on this critical topic.

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African NGOs Speak Their Voice at UNHCR’s Annual Meeting
ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE recently attended the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' 58th Executive Committee in Geneva, where it presented a well-received brief representing the thoughts of many African NGOs working with the UN agency.
Principles & Values
ADHOC-CC seeks to empower African people to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing the continent and advocate for an African renaissance.  We believe that Africans have the necessary skills and abilities to be active agents of change and to positively impact their futures.  To support our aim we work together with local and vulnerable communities, listening and responding to their needs and building upon their inherent capacities, to make lasting differences to people’s lives.

ADHOC-CC believes that every individual regardless of his/her race, religion or gender, has the right to health, dignity and wellbeing.  Our service is founded on impartiality and we provide humanitarian assistance on a needs basis.  We stand by the principles laid out by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1981 African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, upon which we firmly base our own actions and policies.  In all of our relations, internal and external, we listen to and respect other people’s thoughts, wishes, cultures and traditions, understanding difference and celebrating diversity. 

ADHOC-CC reaches out to vulnerable populations throughout Africa, especially those experiencing forgotten or lesser acknowledged crisis.  We endeavour to work with affected populations where help is most needed, providing multisectoral assistance to address people’s vital needs.  In order to successfully do so, we maintain a flexible approach, adapting our services to suit individual circumstances and offering a broad range of programmes.            

ADHOC-CC places great value on building strong, equal and lasting partnerships.  In all of our partnerships we aim to achieve equality, transparency, shared responsibility, complementarity, mutual accountability and effective collaboration, as defined by the Global Humanitarian Platform’s Principles of Partnership.  We believe that Africa needs independent and empowered organisations in order to provide affected populations with effective and efficient humanitarian assistance.  This can only be achieved if indigenous organisations are able to act as equal partners in mutually supportive relationships with northern actors.

Dedication to quality, accountability and optimum transparency is central to our work, at an operational and management level.  Recently we have paid special attention to the subject of accountability, working together with SPHERE (Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response), People in Aid and the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) to maximise our efforts.  First and foremost we are accountable to the communities with whom we work.  Good communication is key to achieving optimum transparency and we encourage open and honest dialogue, and listen carefully to people’s needs, ideas and feedback.  Donor accountability is similarly important and we work hard to maintain and develop appropriate and effective reporting mechanisms.  In addition to producing individual reports as necessary, each year we look forward to the publication of our annual report, providing a comprehensive account of our activities, finances, reflections and future goals.  We continually achieve excellent results, monitored internally and externally by professional auditing bodies.   

We work hand in hand with affected populations to develop sustainable solutions, based on the individual aspirations and capacities of each community.  We know that change is not something that can be designed and imposed from outside, but must be a force from within.  We work to support and enable people to identify and achieve their own goals, to experience renewed independence and enjoy new prospects.  We endeavour to contribute to the long term development of communities, affecting positive and long lasting change. 

ADHOC-CC is committed to achieving excellence in its work, maintaining professionalism, good governance and management, based on integrity, best practise and lessons learned.  We work to support and deliver training, develop our institutional capacity, share information and knowledge, and monitor and evaluate our programmes and achievements.  With 13 years of experience working in the field, we measure ourselves by what we achieve according to the assisted populations with whom we work.  In order to continually improve our services we listen closely to communities, responding and adapting to their needs.  We adhere and contribute to international humanitarian policies and standards, and encourage learning and innovation in the field.

ADHOC-CC ensures that the maximum amount of funds is directed to affected populations, providing a cost effective service, by limiting our overheads and indirect costs to no more than 5%.  For the 13th consecutive year we have achieved a clean bill of health for our programmes from our partners and auditors (bar one under-performing programme in the Republic of Guinea in 2006), attesting to our high standards and abilities.  We are dedicated to securing diversified funding from different multilateral, bilateral, public, private, northern and southern sources, to avoid dependence on any one donor.  We advocate for the mobilisation of local resources, especially from the private sector, including African businesses and regional offices of multinational corporations.  We further seek to develop funding relationships with a long term perspective, which will enable African NGOs to develop their capacities as a whole, beyond programme specific implementation.