In humanitarian disaster or conflict situations it is critical that aid workers deliver their best quality work. Yet in a sector characterised by high turnover, rapid deployments, steep learning curves, and the need to collaborate with multiple humanitarian actors, it is often difficult for responders to know when and how to apply the standards that enable them to deliver their best work, and to be accountable to the communities they serve.
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.
The Core Humanitarian Standard was officially launched in English in Copenhagen on 12 December 2014, in Spanish in Bogota on 18 February 2015, and in French in Paris on 19 March 2015. You can download the CHS in Arabic, Bangla, Bahasa Indonesia, English, French, Haitian Creole, Nepali, Khmer, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Urdu on the The Standard page. The CHS will be launched in other key languages in coming months. The English launch was streamed live, and a video recording as well as interviews with sector stakeholders are available here. You can also watch video interviews with humanitarian actors at the Spanish launch here.