Report of the executive board of medica mondiale
In 2021 we faced one of the greatest challenges we have ever had: helping our vulnerable Afghan partners to flee their country and reach safety. This was a tremendous effort which also showed us how we need to adopt more agile approaches in future.
We have been working together with some of our partner organisations for decades. Our common experience is our basis and upon this we can develop programs that increasingly involve further organisations from other countries. The area affected by any particular conflict generally crosses borders and these programs take this into account, helping us all to bring about structural changes by means of joint political action. Strong local women’s rights defenders are absolutely necessary in order to ensure ongoing advocacy for and upholding of the rights of women and girls.
At the same time, as an organisation from the Global North, we have to maintain a delicate balance: the existing power discrepancy compels us to constantly reflect on ourselves and our attitudes, both within our own organisation and during the cooperation with our partners.
In 2022, the Board of Directors will integrate our various organisational guidelines and codes of conduct into one comprehensive Compliance System. These include codes against corruption, against discrimination, on safeguarding, and on making complaints. As part of this process our Code of Conduct will also be revised.