The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) will get the opportunity to demonstrate its relevance in coordination and collective mechanisms in 2016, as it features for the first time in the Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) for Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The HRP for Somalia states that in line with current United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) guidance on effective coordination, the Somalia Humanitarian Country Team (HCT)/Inter-Cluster Coordination Group (ICCG) will continue to build on the current links with the CHS Alliance in the region, by convening joint training and annual action planning sessions on operationalising the CHS and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) Framework.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the HRP announces that “the response will be based on the Core Humanitarian Standard, thereby translating our commitment to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response and to respect humanitarian standards and principles”. 

These two HRPs can be consulted by following the links below: