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Anyone who has worked in a humanitarian context knows how intricate it is to fully understand the complexity of affected people's needs. Who are the most vulnerable people? What do they need most urgently? This is why Islamic Relief Worldwide turned to ‘intersectionality’, a theory that enables them to analyse and address the intersection of various social disadvantages that result in inequitable access to social services and accumulated vulnerability.
At the time this report was written, 697 commitments had been made towards the Agenda for Humanity transformation 4A “Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems.”
In their paper, entitled 'Engaging with people affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence', the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) urge donors to make engagement with and accountability to affected people a compliance issue.
The recent safeguarding breaches have, justifiably, upset our sector and the public at large. They have brought quality and accountability to people affected by crisis back into the spotlight. They have also reminded us how vital it is to apply existing standards and use all available tools.
AidEx spoke to the executive director of the CHS Alliance, Judith Greenwood about her thoughts on AidEx 2017’s conference theme of ‘Aid and Development Effectiveness: Results Through Transparency and Accountability.’
What does transparency and accountability within the context of aid and development mean to you?
Providing You with the Building Blocks to Strengthen Your HR Framework
In the nonprofit and the humanitarian and development sectors, your organisational effectiveness and ability to successfully deliver on your mission is closely linked to your ability to attract, develop, retain and engage the right talent.
Blended learning offers humanitarian organisations a cost-effective way of providing greater access to capacity strengthening. The widespread use of online platforms has inspired innovative approaches to learning, resulting in more engaged learner communities and the extension of learner-directed programmes.
New case study about how the People First Impact Method (P-FIM) can facilitate the implementation of the CHS
This policy-to-practice paper builds on the ‘Time to move on: National perspectives on transforming surge capacity’ report commissioned by four Charter4Change signatories CAFOD, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and Tearfund as part of their work with the Start DEPP Transforming Surge Capacity Project, and written by Andy Featherstone –. It is intended to provide the humanitarian HR community with practical guidance relating to the implementation of the report’s main recommendations.
PSEA (Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) is a term used by the UN and NGO community to refer to measures taken to protect vulnerable people from sexual exploitation and abuse our by own staff and associated personnel.
Some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the development sector perceive the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) applies only to humanitarian response interventions for crisis-affected communities - perhaps because of the prominence of the word “humanitarian” in its title. However, the essence of transparency, accountability and people management can also be applied and demonstrated in development interventions by local, national and international NGOs.
Ces Lignes directrices ont initialement été mises au point par le projet d’ICVA, Building Safer Organisations (BSO, bâtir des organisations plus sûres), en 2006. En 2007, le projet BSO est passé d’ICVA à HAP International. En 2015, HAP a fusionné avec l’organisation People In Aid pour former CHS Alliance.
Complaints give organisations significant opportunities to improve services and strengthen relationships with stakeholders, as well as to test assumptions about community needs. Good complaints handling systems also allow beneficiaries to enforce agencies’ claims about quality and accountability. On the other hand, mishandled complaints can undermine community confidence in agencies and even compromise security.
Background paper: Challenges and recommendations on investigations of cases of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers
Investigations of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) pose repeated challenges to both organisations and investigators. The CHS Alliance aims to address this by focusing its 2016 Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) conference, 5-6 September 2016, Bangkok, on investigating allegations of SEA by aid workers.
BY JUDITH F. GREENWOOD
Revised self-assessment tool and improvement plan guidelines to support those applying the CHS
By Lotte Ruppert, Andrea Binder
Andrea has also served as a GPPi associate director, co-heading GPPi’s work on humanitarian action and innovation in development. Lotte Ruppert is a research associate with GPPi in Berlin. Her areas of expertise are humanitarian coordination and communication with crisis-affected populations.