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.
While the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) presents an opportunity for the humanitarian sector to agree on how to further improve its performance, there is also a risk that while it triggers a great deal of discussion, the Summit may fall short of delivering substantial, actionable recommendations that lead to more effective humanitarian action. The Core Humanitarian Standard is an opportunity for the WHS to promote an action oriented framework and a common language on issues of accountability to affected communities, effectiveness, principled humanitarian action and disaster preparedness.
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.
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.
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.
Geneva and London, 4 December 2014: The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) will be officially launched in Copenhagen on December 12 at an event that is expected to bring together many of the world’s key humanitarian thinkers and influencers, and practitioners
Introduction to the Guide
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.
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.
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.
The consultation for the Core Humanitarian Standard has now closed. HAP and People In Aid would like to thank all those who participated in the online survey and via the feedback from and other mechanisms.
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.
In the face of large scale, rapid onset crises, humanitarian response is designed to quickly provide lifesaving goods and services. The focus on speed, combined with scaling up operations, does however often come together with risk areas that can compromise the quality of a response. Building on learning from past emergencies, and the characteristics of such responses, HAP International highlights below some risk areas, as well as mitigating strategies that can help avoid or minimise potential problems.
Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) left a track of massive destruction and desolation behind, the scale of which is unprecedented in the Philippines. It has led to a large national, regional, and international response, including from HAP members, many of which were already operational in the Philippines through development or DRR programmes. Learning from the shortcomings of past lessons, much has been done from the very beginning of the response to improve accountability to the people affected by the crisis.
To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, HAP has launched the 2010 HAP Standard in Accountability and Quality Management and the Guide to the 2010 HAP Standard in Braille. The translation, which was headed by the ICCO Cooperation team in Pakistan, and reviewed by Light for the World, is the first HAP document to be made available to people with impaired vision, and will help to increase the accountability of aid programmes to affected populations across the world.
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
During July – October 2010 the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International undertook a deployment to Dadaab Refugee Camps (northern Kenya) with the objective of increasing awareness and strengthening practice of humanitarian accountability. This deployment was jointly hosted by CARE and UNHCR with contributions from HAP, CARE, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Save the Children, UNHCR and in-kind contributions from Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Film Aid International (FAI).
The first HAP deployment of 2013 saw the Roving Team travel to Ethiopia to support HAP members and non-members, UN Agencies and other national organisations. Following a scoping mission at the end of 2012 (take a look at the Scoping Mission Report) the team identified a number of areas in which accountability to affected populations can strengthened.