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.


Further Reading

Send feedback on these guidelines to IPPN coordinator Joanie V. Connors, PhD, at The IPPN Web site is