Who Independent Diplomat Works With
Independent Diplomat holds itself and the groups it works with to strict ethical standards. It requires its beneficiaries to be committed to democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
ID undertakes significant due diligence before agreeing to work with a prospective beneficiary. This three-stage process involves: (i) background research; (ii) consultation with at least two reputable organisations with local knowledge of the situation and/or the prospective beneficiary (e.g. an international organisation, an international NGO, a trusted government); and (iii) detailed discussion with ID’s Advisory Council, which includes distinguished former diplomats and international relations experts.
ID’s assessment of prospective beneficiary involves a determination of:
- Whether the prospective beneficiary is involved in a situation at risk of escalating to conflict or returning to conflict;
- Whether ID’s assistance would help reduce the likelihood of an escalation or return to conflict;
- Whether the prospective beneficiary is, in some way, at a disadvantage in international diplomacy (in terms of lack of resources and/or expertise and/or experience and/or power);
- Whether the prospective beneficiary actively wants and can benefit from ID’s help, and whether it has the capacity to engage with and absorb the advice provided ;
- Whether there is any conflict of interest with ID’s existing operations;
- Whether the prospective beneficiary meets ID’s ethical criteria, which are that the beneficiary must be committed to:
- Observance of international law;
- Respect for international institutions including the United Nations;
- Protection of human rights;
- The rule of law, including democratic and accountable government; and
- Refusal of support to those promoting or engaging in unlawful violence.
Once engaged, the advice that Independent Diplomat provides to its beneficiaries always reflects respect for international law, including international human rights law.
ID conducts periodic ethical reviews of its work with each beneficiary, and at its own discretion will suspend or terminate a relationship for any breaches of its ethical criteria.