ActionAid awarded with first People In Aid Quality Mark
Following identification of key HR and management areas to improve on, ActionAid International Secretariat and its 26 associates and affiliates worldwide have been awarded the first People In Aid Quality Mark, Committed to the People In Aid Code of Good Practice.
Recognised as the biggest international development organisation which has its headquarters in the developing world, ActionAid has worked hard to become the first federation member of People In Aid to achieve certification not only at the secretariat level but also across their associate and affiliate members worldwide (with the exception of two members due to complete their certification later this year).
The People In Aid Code of Good Practice is an internationally recognised management tool that helps humanitarian aid and development agencies enhance the quality of their human resources management.
Explaining the significance of the achievement, ActionAid International’s Chief Executive Joanna Kerr said:
“It has become increasingly clear that excellent staff and good management are crucial to our success… By not becoming accredited, we risk external scrutiny by not demonstrating that we are practising best HR standards within the sector.”
In presenting Kerr with a certificate, People In Aid's Executive Director Jonathan Potter echoed its importance as a global achievement, commenting that:
“ActionAid International and its 26 affiliates and associates worldwide achieving the first People In Aid Quality Mark show them to be leaders within the humanitarian and development sector. They have shown their commitment to quality in their human resources and people management, which will ultimately lead to more effective fulfilment of their mission.”
Receiving the certificate for the International Secretariat, Kerr stressed the importance of staff in the delivery of ActionAid’s overall mission:
“ActionAid is an organisation of people. Our theory of change is a very people-centred approach so people are very central to our strategy, and we are empowering people, our people, to deliver a very challenging strategy.
Our staff need to be very clear on their rights, be empowered, as well as feel committed to this organisation to deliver on a really challenging strategy. So, for us being part of this process was to gain that accreditation and the external acknowledgement that we are working through this process.”
Photo: Jonathan Potter presents the Secretariat’s certificate to Joanna Kerr on 15/1/13
Tuesday 19 March 2013
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