Join us for the Global launch

The official CHS 2024 global launch event will take place 16.00-17.00 CET on 21 March 2024 in English, with French and Arabic interpretation. Join us to celebrate this important moment for accountability to people affected by crises.

Register here to join online: https://regi.page/CHS24 

Register to join us in person in Geneva:  https://www.icvanetwork.org/events/icva-2024-annual-conference/

(Note the launch is part of the ICVA annual conference)

Updated Standard – preview now available 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the collective effort of updating the CHS. We are delighted to share with you a preview of the updated Standard in advance of its public launch on 21 March 2024.

View the updated CHS in English here

View the updated CHS in Spanish here

View the updated CHS in French here

View the updated CHS in Arabic here

The feedback from more than 4,000 individual contributors has been reflected in the Standard which is designed to help shift the aid system to be more accountable to people in need at all stages of design and delivery.

Additional resources

Comparison Table to help identify the broad changes to the sequence and content of the CHS Commitments.

Consultation Reports:

  • Summary overview of changes: English
  • Feedback analysis of first round of consultations (2022): Englishfrançais
  • Feedback report on second round of consultations: English

Frequently-asked Questions about the revision in English French and Spanish.

If you wish to contact the revision team, please write to chsrevision@chsalliance.org

Revision Timeline

  • 1st Consultation Round: Feedback on the current CHS (May-Dec 2022)
  • Feedback analysis and Drafting of Draft 1 of the updated standard (Jan-May 2023)
  • 2nd Consultation Round on Draft 1, including webinars, country pilots, and regional workshops (June-Sep 2023)
  • Analysis of feedback from consultation incorporated into draft text (Oct – Nov 2023)
  • Final draft of the updated CHS shared with stakeholders
    (Dec 2023)
  • Official launch on 21 March 2024 – please mark your calendars!

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Why is the revision needed?
Why is the revision needed?

The global context has changed significantly since the standard was created. The climate emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic, protection and safeguarding concerns and growing awareness of unequal power dynamics in the aid sector are all elements to be considered as we strive to reaffirm our collective commitments to people that are vulnerable to and affected by crisis.

The policy environment has also changed. Several important initiatives have emerged that build on and contribute to the aims and objectives of the CHS. Examples include efforts to strengthen safeguarding and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector, promote greater localisation and participation in the design and implementation of aid programmes, and updated technical standards and guidance covering different programming areas.

For the CHS to reach its full potential, we need to take stock of the lessons learned over the past seven years, consider and integrate new developments, and reach increased awareness, endorsement and use of an updated standard by wider set of stakeholders.

CHS Alliance
Groupe URD
Sphere Project