Core Humanitarian Standards
The aim of this website is to highlight the key standards and guidance, and encourage those engaged in humanitarian response to incorporate them into their work.
Those organisations with humanitarian standards listed on the website aim to support the humanitarian system in providing accountable programming that meets accepted standards of quality, both in the immediate humanitarian response, and in the development and implementation of organisational and operational strategies for short and long-term recovery and the prevention of future crises.
The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. This single core standard has been devised to clarify the responsibilities of aid workers, make the implementation of humanitarian standards simpler and easier, and contribute to better humanitarian responses. A coherent and easy-to-use standard is more likely to be put into practice and make a difference in the lives of crisis-affected communities.
Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), the Sphere Project and People In Aid, supported by the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP) offer this initiative in order to bring about greater coherence amongst standards, thus strengthening aid workers‘ ability to put these standards into practice.
Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB)
The Emergency Capacity Building Project is a collaborative effort of seven humanitarian agencies that are jointly tackling common problems in emergency response and preparedness. Since 2005, these agencies and their strategic partners have been addressing issues pertaining to staff capacity, accountability (primarily to affected populations), impact measurement, risk reduction, and the use of information and technology in emergencies.
The ECB Database Pilot Project is an initiative of the Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project, a collaborative effort of the seven agencies of the Inter-agency Working Group on Emergency Capacity (IWG).
The Good Enough Guide – Impact Measurement and Accountability in Emergencies
What difference are we making? How do we know?
The Good Enough Guide helps busy field workers to address these questions. It offers a set of basic guidelines on how to be accountable to local people and measure programme impact in emergency situations. Its ‚good enough‘ approach emphasises simple and practical solutions and encourages the user to choose tools that are safe, quick, and easy to implement. It is aimed at humanitarian practitioners, project officers and managers with some experience in the field, and draws on the work of field staff, NGOs, and inter-agency initiatives, including Sphere, ALNAP, HAP International, and People In Aid. The Good Enough Guide was developed by the Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB).