Programme Quality

NCA works to ensure high programme quality. A rights-based approach, gender justice, and conflict sensitivity are among the commitments that inform our programming.  

Gender Sensitivity, Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

In 2018, NCA continued to strengthen its organisational policies to support gender mainstreaming and mandatory gender analysis across programmes including through NCA’s Gender Justice Policy, the ACT Alliance Gender Justice Policy, and NCA’s Gender ToolBox to support a variety of different types of gender assessments and analyses which combine standards set by ECHO, IASC, and Sida.  

Conflict sensitivity 

NCA produced clearer guidelines and practical resources on conflict sensitivity.


All partners sign NCA’s Code of Conduct and partners are regularly informed about the requirements held within our anti-corruption policy. 

Environment and vulnerability to climate change

NCA systematically uses climate vulnerability assessments or Environmental Impact Assessments in the Climate Resilience programme, with larger WASH infrastructural interventions assessments, and in contexts where such assessments are a legal requirement.

Human rights, including the rights of people living with a disability

NCA’s programmes are based on a rights-based approach, which empowers men, women and youth to demand accountability from duty bearers.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) 

UNSCR 1235 emphasises prevention of conflict and violence against women and girls, participation of women in peace and security decision-making processes at local and national levels, protection of women and girls, and mainstreaming women and girls’ specific needs in relief and recovery interventions. 


NCA has made significant progress in strengthening accountability systems and practices and embedding a culture of accountability across the organisation.