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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. The established or a 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.

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POLICY

1. DAISI will remain autonomous and independent in its right to make policies and decide on projects, 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 Board, each of whom is in their executive position having being voted in by fair democratic voting process by all eligible DAISI 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 partners are to be conducted with clear understanding of each others 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 at all times 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, with timely and 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. or DAISI funds.

7. DAISI maintains the right to withdraw funding or support for partner projects, if it deems that the necessary reporting is not being complied with or that the money is not being responsibly spent on development projects, or there is evidence of money intended for development projects being instead 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.