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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

13 Jun 2012 description

HAP would like to share with you a report by an independent consultant, Mr. Andy Featherstone, that OCHA co-commissioned with USAID called "Building a Better Response: Gaps and Good Practice in Training for Humanitarian Reform".

07 May 2012 description

An interagency quality and accountability review with special consideration for protection against sexual exploitation and abuse

A collaboration between the In-Country Network on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and the Joint Deployment of Joint Standards Initiative (The Sphere Project, HAP International and People In Aid)

Section 1: Introduction

1.1 Joint Deployment to Kenya

02 Feb 2012 description

The Joint Standards' Initiative deployment to the Horn of Africa that began at the end of October 2011 concluded on 31 January 2012.

The Joint Standards' Initiative is an expression of the will to achieve greater coherence between the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, the Sphere Project and People In Aid. It builds on previous experiences of collaboration in Haiti, Myanmar and Pakistan.

23 Dec 2011 description

Humanitarian standards initiatives chart the course ahead

Three of the best-known standards-setting initiatives to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian response have charted the next steps towards achieving greater coherence.

"The goal of this process is to achieve greater coherence of standards in humanitarian response and to better equip aid workers and organizations," states a 16 December joint communiqué issued by the Sphere Project, People In Aid and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International.

22 Dec 2011 description


  • An estimated 12 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in East Africa .

  • Aid agencies in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya have reported high rates of acute malnutrition as well as large numbers of livestock deaths and other indicators of livelihood distress.

  • Numerous factors, including drought, the protracted conflict in Somalia, rising food prices, seasonal floods and localised resource conflicts are contributing to a deepening crisis.

05 Aug 2011 description

Four Quality and Accountability humanitarian initiatives - the Sphere Project, the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, People In Aid, and the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), at a meeting hosted by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) on 20 July 2011, took the first bold steps to strengthen their collaboration in a frank and wide-reaching assessment of their effectiveness and impact.

30 Mar 2010 description

Following the work of an initial Quality and Accountability Support Team, teams of specialists in HAP and Sphere have been deployed to Haiti for 6 months to work with agencies and other initiatives working towards improved accountability of the humanitarian response to the January 12th 2010 Earthquake in Haiti.