HAP 2007 Standard in Humanitarian Accountability and Quality Management
Above all else, I want take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to all those people who have contributed their time, energy and knowledge to this important project, and to congratulate them on their wonderful achievement.
The essential advice distilled from the vast reservoir of wisdom and experience that fed this process can be summed up in these words; keep it simple, affordable and effective. Above all, remember that quality management is not a new religion. It is just a practical means through which continual improvements can be made in the accountability and effectiveness of humanitarian work.
Now, all humanitarian organisations can demonstrate their commitment to this vital goal through achieving compliance with the HAP 2007 Standard and by promoting its adoption by their humanitarian partners and other actors. As a consequence, the well-being and dignity of disaster survivors will be enhanced. Surely, nothing more important could be said in commending this Standard to the humanitarian community.
With the finalisation of the HAP 2007 Standard, we are now ready to launch the HAP certification scheme, providing the opportunity for all committed agencies to achieve due recognition for their humanitarian quality management systems, irrespective of agency size and place of origin, and whether they implement directly or work with partners.
I invite all to participate in this exciting development.