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Global Hand Standards introductory page You can also view this page in German. Diese Seite ist auch auf Deutsch verfügbar.

Technological

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It is possible to give equipment that, while generous, is technologically inappropriate if, for example, it is of a sophistication that is unsuitable for use in the recipient's environment, or requiring technical support that is unavailable at the local level.

Cross-referential Issues

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The standards we are developing are both specific and cross-referential, the latter relating, in part or full, to the various sections listed under the Product, Services and Management headings.

Cultural

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When goods sent are culturally inappropriate, it is possible to deepen the pain of those already struggling against hardship. Sensitivity is critical.

Climatic

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Climate affects aid choices at levels that are both more and less obvious. Equipment, foodstuffs and textiles are among issues where vulnerability may be an concern.

Ecological

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The ecological balance of an environment is delicate and can be disturbed with the donation of inappropriate fauna, seed, etc. It can also be damaged through inappropriate disposal of equipment, such as computers, with toxic parts.

Combating Corruption

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Corruption can prove problematic at every point in the aid distribution process, from arrival at port to local distribution.

Customs & Excise

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Sometimes aid is sent without due care being given to customs and excise. This can result in border delays, demurrage fees and break of trust. Quality aid presupposes quality preparation.

Cargo / Transportation

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Cargo handling can be an issue in aid quality. If goods are packed inappropriately for the recipients’ needs, the consignment can prove labour intensive for the distributors whose normal programmes may be affected accordingly.

Shipment Follow-up

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After a consignee receives the shipment, follow-up, both short term and long term, is critical to ensure adequate accountability.