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Learning from the Core Humanitarian Standard

The desire to prevent and alleviate human suffering lies at the heart of every humanitarian on each and every single day. That is their line of work in the first place. The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) helps to improve the quality and effectiveness of the aid by setting out nine commitments.

Founding of the Core Humanitarian Standard

The CHS is a direct result of the Joint Standards Initiative (JSI). In the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, People in Aid and the Sphere Project worked hand in hand in their search for one widely applicable humanitarian standard. The JSI consulted more than 2000 humanitarian workers in different head offices, regions and vulnerable countries. They received feedback that put great emphasis on the dire need for the harmonization of standards. The communities and people affected by the crisis were the center; humanitarian principles were the foundation. So, that’s just what they did.

The CHS was constructed by performing a large-scale consultation that lasted for 12 months. Humanitarian workers, communities, people in need, several hundreds of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), governments, United Nations and donor agencies and academics spent multiple hours analyzing the content of the CHS. They went ahead to test it at headquarters and field level. This way, they ensured that the CHS was an asset to the entire field of humanitarian work.

As a core standard, the CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality humanitarian action. Humanitarian organizations can use it as a voluntary code with which to align their organizational guidelines. It can also be used as a basis for verification of performance. CHS consists of the nine commitments mentioned in the image above.

We are rejuvenated every time we see humanitarian organizations functioning to the best of their abilities. We love to see them make sure that people who need it most receive all the compassionate care they require because we know compassion matters.

The Core Humanitarian Standard is a great tool for improving your aid-giving capabilities. Do you want to know more? Feel free to take a look at the CHS independent of whether you’re a faith-based, volunteer or non-governmental organization. The standard is available for free at their website. Do you use the CHS? Contact us and let us know your experiences.