The principle of ‘Do No Harm’ acknowledges that some actions, although well intended, could carry unforeseen negative consequences. Practitioners should proceed with programs only after careful consideration and widespread consultations with national, regional and international stakeholders, including those who are capital and non-capital based, state and non-state focused. The advisor should also be gender sensitive and ensure that men, women, boys and girls are consulted and their concerns taken into account.
In development activities, resources inevitably represent the distribution of power and wealth and will create tensions if careful attention is not given to how they are distributed and delivered. As an advisor, you may not be distributing resources, but you may probably be influencing those who do.
Similarly, you should be aware that you will be working alongside a wide range of local and international actors. Although it may not be possible or relevant to coordinate or work together with all these actors, it could be beneficial to do so with those who are working on the same or related issues. You should be sensitive to the activities of others and ensure that you do not undermine them.