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12 Nov 2015 description

La Norme humanitaire fondamentale de qualité et de redevabilité (CHS) définit neuf engagements que les organisations et les individus impliqués dans une réponse humanitaire peuvent utiliser pour améliorer la qualité et l’efficacité de l’assistance qu’ils fournissent. Elle améliore également la redevabilité vis-à-vis des communautés et des personnes affectées par les crises qui, sachant à quoi se sont engagées les organisations humanitaires, pourront leur demander des comptes.

09 Jun 2015 description

Bringing together more than two decades of experience in quality, accountability and people management, the CHS Alliance will form one of the largest and most influential networks in the humanitarian and development sector. It will be a truly global enterprise, with a membership of more than 200 organisations headquartered in 55 capitals and operating in more than 160 countries worldwide. The Alliance will benefit from the reputations, legacies and successful working practices of HAP International and People In Aid, the two organisations which merged to form the Alliance.

20 Mar 2015 description

La Norma Humanitaria Esencial en materia de calidad y rendición de cuentas (CHS, por sus siglas en inglés) es fruto de la labor de la Joint Standards Initiative (JSI), una iniciativa de HAP, People In Aid y el Proyecto Esfera que busca lograr una mayor coherencia entre las organizaciones que establecen normas en el sector humanitario.

20 Mar 2015 description

La Norme humanitaire fondamentale de qualité et de redevabilité (CHS pour son sigle en anglais - Core Humanitarian Standard) est un résultat direct de l’initiative sur les standards conjoints (en anglais : Joint Standards Initiative - JSI), un projet pour lequel HAP International (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), People In Aid et le Projet Sphère ont uni leurs forces pour améliorer la cohérence entre les normes humanitaires et rendre celles-ci plus simples à utiliser.

16 Jan 2015 description
report People In Aid

Dr. Scott Breslin, humanitarian worker and leader with almost 30 years' experience, argues that a key aptitude necessary for international aid leaders to successfully lead in an expatriate context is summed up in the word grit.

19 Dec 2014 description
report People In Aid
Executive Summary

The State of HR report is a seminal piece of research carried out by People In Aid, and designed to examine trends, issues, and challenges faced by our HR colleagues in the sector. This is the third report of its kind and we're delighted to announce that it is now available to download in full from our online Resource Centre. We have also published a short Executive Summary which highlights the key points of the report.

12 Dec 2014 description
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Better humanitarian assistance to be delivered by improved quality and accountability

10 Sep 2014 description
report People In Aid

Earlier this summer People In Aid asked our members and website visitors to complete a survey about current and planned health insurance coverage for their organisations. The survey was run along with our global partner Vanbreda International, a company of Cigna, and aimed to identify how NGOs address some of the challenges of offering insurance in our sector. What are the most important benefits that are currently offered? Who makes insurance purchasing decisions for staff, and where are they located? What are some of the barriers to offering insurance to different types of staff?

29 Aug 2014 description
report People In Aid

As the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows and the number of deaths is increasing, it is critical to keep both communities, and those who are there to help them, safe. What should aid organisations be thinking about to support their staff in affected areas?


People In Aid has a range of staff care resources available on our online resource centre.

18 Jun 2014 description

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) outlines what good humanitarian action looks like for those communities and people affected by crisis and the staff and organisations involved in responding to this. It provides a practical, verifiable framework of Eight Commitments to Quality and Accountability. Each Commitment is underpinned by the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality and independence. The CHS will help women, men, girls and boys affected by crisis to hold humanitarian organisations to account.

18 Jun 2014 description

The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), People In Aid and the Sphere Project, with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Technical Steering Group, are pleased to present the revised version of the CHS for testing and the second period of consultation.

16 Apr 2014 description

How Certification relates to the Core Humanitarian Standard

Following many questions and concerns about how these two closely related projects are working side-by-side, we have drawn up a two-page description and table that explains clearly how and where the objectives and expected outcomes for each project connect.

05 Mar 2014 description

With just one month to feedback on the draft Core Humanitarian Standard, HAP and People In Aid, the organisations spearheading the consultation, encourage all those working in the humanitarian and development sectors to make their voice heard on what is expected to be a key document for the sectors in the coming years.

09 Dec 2013 description

The Joint Standards Initiative (JSI) was set up by HAP, People In Aid and the Sphere Project to seek greater coherence amongst quality and accountability standards in humanitarian assistance. We consulted over 2,000 people across 114 countries on the above. The outcome of this and the subsequent Humanitarian Forum was a commitment by the three agencies to:

  • Strengthen awareness of quality and accountability and standards within humanitarian actors

  • Work on harmonising the standards ‘architecture’ in the sector

20 Aug 2013 description


The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations (UN) Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

20 May 2013 description

The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), People In Aid and the Sphere Project have now moved into the action phase to develop a new humanitarian standards architecture.

30 Apr 2013 description

The global stakeholder consultation report on humanitarian standards, commissioned by the Joint Standards Initiative (JSI) has been made public on the Joint Standards website. Download the full report here.

31 Jan 2013 description

Three of the largest quality and accountability initiatives in humanitarian assistance (HAP International,
People In Aid and the Sphere Project) are actively collaborating to review existing humanitarian standards and determine how they can be improved. The aim is to help aid workers and agencies to improve the quality and effectiveness of humanitarian action for the people we assist.

22 Jan 2013 description
report People In Aid


This report urges people to plan now for the future. The paper looks at human resources challenges in the humanitarian and development sector over the last 12 months.

The report focuses on the changing landscape in recessionary times and how this climate of uncertainty presents challenges to the sector.