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Operating Principles


  • Respect for Human Rights
    SAARTHAK shall respect, promote and defend the human rights of individuals and communities to live in safety, security and dignity and foster a rights-based approach.

  • Respect for Diversity
    SAARTHAK recognises, accepts, respects and promotes the uniqueness of each individual and community along the dimensions of religion and religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, socio-economic status, geographic location, political beliefs or other ideologies.

  • Social & Gender Justice
    SAARTHAK shall promote fairness, impartiality and equity in all its activities, practices and dealings with all stakeholders and shall not discriminate on the basis of gender, caste, class, religion, ethnicity, age, colour, nationality, ability, disease or sexual orientation. Moreover SAARTHAK shall adopt affirmative policies and practices that facilitate equal opportunities for women and groups facing discrimination and exclusion. In this sense SAARTHAK will strive to ensure a female staff rate of min. 50%.

  • Integrity
    SAARTHAK’s activities and practices are carried out with honesty and impartiality. The organisation is incorruptible and promotes the interests of its constituencies and the sector at large, without any compromise to its mission and principles.

  • Autonomy and Self-Governance
    SAARTHAK is an autonomous not for profit organisation and has its own governing structure and norms for self governance. Moreover we adhere to the laws governing such institutions. SAARTHAK maintains its autonomy and functions in a democratic manner.

  • Not-for-Profit Existence
    SAARTHAK is driven to achieve its vision and mission and is a not for profit organisation. If some of its activities generate income, it can be used to support the organisation’s programmes and activities.

  • Democracy & Participation
    SAARTHAK promotes the right of its stakeholders to be fully informed and participate in all decisions that affect their lives.

  • Voluntarism
    The setting up of SAARTHAK is out of voluntary choice of its members, who serve on the organisation’s Board in a voluntary capacity, giving their time and skills. Many organisations work with the help of volunteers and also receive finances as voluntary contributions from individuals and organisations of civil society.
 
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