Ethics and Accountability

“One of the exciting things about starting a charity, is that we get to start it from scratch. A lot of charities’ models are dated now. Many were set up fifty years ago, and the world has changed a lot. Some things are more important. Transparency— what we’re doing, and how we’re doing it, is very important. I’m planning to set up an advisory board made up of all sorts of people— those who survived conflict, and those from diverse geographic areas with different expertise. It can’t be about Westerners trying to do things. This foundation will be about listening and supporting projects in the field. I want to avoid sending Westerners to foreign countries. We’re trying to do something other charities are not. We’re trying to support communities support themselves. Education and training and healing are paramount for us, because they’re long-term processes. They enable people to continue after we’ve left.” – Giles Duley

Vetting our Partnerships

Giles Duley, our CEO and founder has worked in the field, photographing for and with humanitarian organizations, for over ten years. This work has connected him to NGOs and initiatives working on the ground to empower and provide resources, training, and education for communities living in the aftermath of conflict. It has also given him a great deal of experience with non-profit organizations— experience that has allowed him to see what doesn’t and what does work on the ground. All of our partnerships are carefully and methodically researched (both on paper and in person); they represent connections Giles has intentionally made, in person, to ensure solid, ethical collaborations with organizations that truly do what they say they are doing.

Checking in Regularly

Transparency is one of the core tenets of the Legacy of War Foundation. Our team has worked with a variety of non-profits in the past. Through those experiences we have learned a great deal about transparency. To ensure that our work and collaborations are effective, we will require regular online check-ins, in addition to occasional in-person check-ins. We will also require that reports are delivered every few months, to record individual and organizational progress. All of these reports will be accessible to donors and volunteers, so that we are creating a community of co-collaborators working together openly to support communities affected by conflict.

Working Collaboratively

Too many non-profits talk about collaborative work, while failing to actualize this work. Because this is a small charity, with direct and personal connections to organizations on the ground, and because we deliver services that are concrete and tangible, we are committed to collaborations that begin on-the-ground. We want to empower organizations and projects dedicated to community participation— ideally, that begin from the very communities we support and effectively give back to those communities. Collaboration also means building a global network of volunteers and participants— who give their time, energy, support, and funding— to the partnerships we’re supporting, so that collaboration creatively extends across global networks. First and foremost, we are committed to a form of collaboration that begins with careful listening and thoughtful dialogue, so that our collaborations are strong, supportive, and ethical. So that we can avoid mirroring the power dynamics so often seen within Western non-profits working in foreign countries.

Garnering Feedback

Accountability is fundamental to the Legacy of War Foundation. That means, we are also holding our volunteers and community members accountable. We want to hear from you— your thoughts, experiences, and suggestions. All of this feedback will be completely transparent, so that we can work together to build a dynamic organisation aimed at giving the most that it can to the communities it might serve. Likewise, we are committed to sharing feedback and testimonials from the organisations we work with— from people on the ground— so that we can also learn from their experiences working with us. Mistakes are inevitable. Challenges are inevitable. But positive growth is also inevitable. And we’d like to include you in our mission to build a foundation with ethics and values we can all learn from and admire.

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