3.2 Operating principles

The following basic operating principles should be adhered to:

  • Independence of decision-making: CARE functions as an independent humanitarian agency and does not serve the agenda of governments, political groups or military forces. CARE International will only work with a military force after concluding that we are able to retain independence of decision-making.
  • Impartiality of action: CARE will respond on the basis of humanitarian needs and will not allow its humanitarian assistance to be directed according to political or military objectives.
  • Transparency of communication: CARE will be honest with all parties about relations with military forces and will distinguish itself from those forces at all times.
  • Humanitarian operations should fall under civilian leadership.