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We live in a world where conflicts, natural disasters and disease are driving ever greater numbers of people to seek desperate remedies for their hunger, safety and survival. The world has never been so wealthy and yet on the frontline of humanitarian action, where courageous work is taking place daily, the lack of available resources to save lives is a constantly growing risk. This massive, deepening deficit requires an ambitious, global and collective response.
How can certification of humanitarian organisations contribute to greater effectiveness and accountability in humanitarian actions? Over the past 18 months, the Certification Review Project, sponsored by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR), has been researching what a successful, sustainable certification model might look like and how to achieve it.
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.
Certification Review Project: Phase Two – Pilot testing
The revised version of the draft certification model is now available for your feedback. (Translated versions are being prepared and will be shared as soon as possible).
The Certification Project Team are grateful for the considerable written feedback that we received on the previous draft version of the model. It has been invaluable in shaping this version, which attempts to address and clarify some of the issues and concerns raised by your organisation and other stakeholders.
How can certification of humanitarian organisations contribute to greater effectiveness and accountability in humanitarian actions? Over the past year, the Certification Review Project, sponsored by the SCHR, has been researching and consulting with stakeholders on what a successful, sustainable certification model might look like and how to achieve it. This draft proposal describes the main elements of a potential certification model for humanitarian organisations and some of the key assumptions and critical requirements to implementing it.
Since the 2004 SCHR position paper on 'humanitarian-military relations in the provision of humanitarian assistance', the operating environment for humanitarian organisations has undergone substantive changes, and is today perceived as more politicised and insecure for humanitarian actors and populations affected by crisis than ever before. The number of humanitarian workers killed, injured or abducted, and of humanitarian assets attacked, destroyed or stolen has indeed risen to unprecedented levels.
The Steering Committee for Humanitarian
Response (SCHR) is an alliance of major international humanitarian organisations
aiming to support increased quality, accountability and learning within
the humanitarian sector. To this end it used a peer review process, with
three main objectives:
- To understand the range and diversity of approaches to accountability to disaster-affected persons;