Hotline - week of March 14, 2011

Report
from Church World Service
Published on 14 Mar 2011
(extract)

CWS-P/A and The Sphere Project: a partnership to promote quality and accountability in humanitarian relief efforts

As the number of large-scale disasters rises worldwide, it's more crucial than ever that humanitarian aid adheres to quality and accountability standards. Toward that end, Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan has formalized its partnership with the Sphere Project - developer of a global charter that outlines the standards humanitarian response organizations should meet.

Since 2005, CWS-P/A has spearheaded the Sphere Project's efforts to promote definitive quality and accountability principles to local, national and international NGOs, government agencies and funding partners. In that role, CWS-P/A has provided training on the Sphere Project's Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response to humanitarian aid workers from more than 500 organizations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Philippines.

Through the new partnership agreement created in January, CWS-P/A will be a valuable asset in helping identify and engage national and local Sphere partners and encouraging their commitment to understanding, advocating and practicing critical quality and accountability standards.