The ethical guidelines for the International Peace Practitioners Network (IPPN)--before the revamping that is slated to take place--are:

  • To be respectful of the human rights of all persons and groups with whom I work.

  • To refrain from exploitation, abuse and derogatory language about anyone.

  • To speak out against unethical behavior, exploitation and abuse committed by others.

  • To work to support and educate my own employees, and to support and consult with colleagues in the peace advocacy community as needed.

  • To use my role and power to empower others, instead of doing for them what they can do for themselves.

  • To work to empower local authorities, mechanisms and peace workers.

  • To ensure that my participation is invited and welcomed by local peoples if at all possible.

  • To focus on restoring the healthy functioning of communities as I work with them.

  • To be honest and give full information about the agendas, dynamics and limitations that I am aware of for those parties involved in negotiations.

  • To strive to make clear financial arrangements that respect the best interests of my clients.

  • To practice respectful journalism and research that guards against violating the confidentiality of people discussed or otherwise harming our clients, especially those who are victims of trauma.

  • To encourage conservation of the natural environment.

  • To seek continuing education, consultation or supervision to gain a broader perspective on my work.

  • To withdraw or seek help if I suffer impairment of my judgment or burnout.

  • To work to see the peace process through to its end and to avoid abandoning the situation if possible.

--N. CRAWFORD

Further Reading

Send feedback on these guidelines to IPPN coordinator Joanie V. Connors, PhD, at jconnors@uark.edu. The IPPN Web site is www.geocities.com/peacepract.