The Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) officially launched its Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Code of Ethics and Conduct on September 1, 2012 with fifteen signatories representing regional and national networks from throughout the region.  The official launch of the Code is the culmination of a process which started as early as 2002 when CPDC developed the first draft of the Code of Conduct. During 2012, the Code was redrafted by a regional NGO working group and circulated widely throughout the NGO community for comments and feedback.

The Code reflects the growth of the NGO sector as it attempts to proactively address issues of transparency and accountability. It addresses critical areas of NGO donor, government and stakeholder engagement. It frontally speaks to the issue of the professional ethics, the responsibility of NGOs to be financially accountable not only to donors but also to stakeholders, the ethics involved in fundraising and the issue of the neutrality, autonomy and independence of the sector.

The initial signatories of the Code of Conduct are:

  • The Windward Island Farmers Association (sub- regional network)
  • The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (regional network)
  • Jamaica Network of Rural Agricultural Producers (Jamaica)
  • Women Across Differences (Guyana)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women
  • Pinelands Creative Workshop (Barbados)
  • Hope Foundation (Barbados)
  • Africa Hall (Barbados)
  • Dominica National Council for Women (DNCW)
  • Association of Development Agencies (Jamaica)
  • Organization for the Protection of Natural Culture and Heritage (St. Lucia)
  • The Caribbean Rastafari Organization (Regional network)
  • Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (Regional network)
  • Forum NGO (Suriname)
  • Caribbean Organization of Indigenous People (Regional Network)