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DAISI’s development activities are strategically focussed on the improvement of health care in the South-Pacific. DAISI is committed to ensuring that funds (including Department of Foreign Affairs &

Trade (DFAT) funds and other programme resources) are used only for the purpose of development and not allocated for the purpose of religious, political or welfare activities.

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BACKGROUND/PURPOSE

DAISI recognises that lasting change is best met through long term integrated and sustainable development programs. 

All DAISI development funds raised are therefore used in the delivery of development programs in the South Pacific aimed at improving health care services.

DAISI’s programs may include the donation of medical supplies and surgical equipment. This occurs within a broader health care development program in the South Pacific, with these supplies and equipment necessary to implement these programmes, and therefore such donations of supplies and equipment should not be viewed as ‘welfare’, or “charitable donations”, but rather part and parcel of DAISI’s development program.

POLICY

  1. Development activities are those undertaken in order to reduce poverty (including inaccessible health care services) and address global justice issues via direct engagement through community projects, emergency management, community education, advocacy, volunteer sending, provision of technical and professional services and resources, environmental protection and restoration, and promotion and protection of human rights.
  2. Non-development activities include those undertaken for the purpose of religious witness, welfare objectives or partisan political objectives.
  3. DAISI complies with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) guidelines in relation to the claiming of deductabilities, fundraising guidelines and donors obligations regarding acceptance and non-acceptable of funds.
  4. DAISI complies with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) guidelines in relation to the claiming of Recognised Development Expenditure (RDE) calculations & deductabilities.
  5. DAISI works in partnership with many organisations including welfare and faith based organisations, government and non-government organisations in the delivery of its services.
  6. DAISI will not financially support the delivery of political, religious or welfare activities, either directly or via its partners. 
  7. DAISI staff must perform a partner capacity assessment prior to entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with any partner in the South Pacific and complete the relevant section to confirm that the partner does not engage in evangelistic and/or political activities.
  8. All contracts, memorandums of understanding or partnership agreements must state that, in accordance with the philosophy of DAISI no program resources, including DFAT funds, can be allocated for the purposes of welfare, religious or political activities.
  9. Monitoring processes for South-Pacific projects must include an assessment to ensure that no DAISI resources have been used, or are planned to be used, for welfare, political or religious activities.
  10. If reports that DAISI funds are being utilised for welfare, political or religious activities by partner organisations or their staff are received by DAISI’s management team, then DAISI management must immediately investigate allegations and act, if necessary, to suspend the partnership.