Whilst collaboration and partnership with our international alliances in the South-Pacific are critical to all DAISI activities, DAISI must also ensure its autonomy as an organisation. Having an established Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with our international partners, where the independent roles played by DAISI and its contributing partners are clearly defined, is critical to maintaining this autonomy. Below is DAISI’s Autonomy and Independence policy.
1. DAISI will remain autonomous and independent in its right to make, amend or change policies, decide on which projects to sponsor, and where money is to be spent, being free of any form of political or commercial interference or coercion..
2. All decisions on policies, projects, and where money is spent shall be determined by consensus voting by DAISI’s Executive Committee & Board Members
3. All DAIS decisions on policies, projects and where money is spent shall be compliant with DAISI’s ethos, its Strategic Plan, and the Australian Committee For International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct.
4. All DAISI projects with its associated partners are to be conducted with clear understanding of each other’s independence, and must be based on a formal Memorandum of Understanding agreed between DAISI and its partner.
5. Whilst the MoU represents shared commitment to projects by DAISI and its partners brought about through negotiation and collaboration, the terms of the MoU must always be uncompromised and steadfastly compliant with DAISI’s ethos, its Strategic plan and the ACFID Code of Conduct.
6. All DAISI money used by partners in the South Pacific for development projects must be completely accounted for, and in a timely manner, with accurate reporting by partners on the nature of spending of DAISI funded projects. This is necessary to ensure value for money, and also to monitor for or prevent any misappropriation of DAISI funds.
7. DAISI maintains the right to withdraw funding or support for projects, if it deems that the necessary reporting is not being complied with or that the money is not being responsibly spent by the partners on development projects, or there is evidence of donated money being wrongly spent on non-development projects.
8. DAISI reserves the right to disassociate itself from any partner that is not compliant with the ACFID Code of Conduct, particularly in relation to its Child Protection, Anti-terrorism and anti-Fraud policies.