Acting as a guide to what a just, peaceful and healthier South Sudan might look like, these Principles are shared across social and cultural boundaries and articulate values that are common among people who seek to promote and work towards true justice and lasting peace.

i.)  Impartiality:

IDO makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

ii.) Neutrality:

In order to continue enjoying the confidence of all (beneficiaries, partners, stakeholders), IDO is impartial and does not at any time engage in political, racial, religious or ideological controversies.

iii.) Voluntary Service:

IDO is a voluntary organization not prompted in any manner by desire for gain. As volunteers, members understand the risks and dangers of the missions they carry out and make no claim for themselves or their assigns for any form of compensation other than that which the organization might be able to afford them.

iv.) Independence:

IDO operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas. Its team conducts evaluations on ground to determine the population needs before opening programmes. The key to IDO’s ability to act independently in response to a humanitarian or development need is its independent funding. Members undertake to respect the character of IDO and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic or religious powers.