The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) has now been launched in English, Spanish and French at regional events across Europe, South America and Africa. The Arabic version of the CHS will be available in May, and a number of other versions in key languages will follow throughout the year.

The CHS was launched in English in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 12, in Spanish in Bogota, Colombia, on February 18, and in French in Paris, France, on March 19. A regional launch event also took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 19.

The CHS has been widely welcomed by the sector at all launches and has already had a significant uptake amongst humanitarian actors.

The consultation process on the verification framework closed on March 31 and has garnered a significant response from the sector.

The CHS Guidance Notes are currently being finalised and will soon be available for consultation.

The 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. It also facilitates greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis. The CHS is the result of a 12-month, three-stage consultation process with key stakeholders in the sector, including: humanitarian workers, communities and people affected by crisis, several hundred NGOs, international NGOs and networks, governments, United Nations and donor agencies, and academics. The consultation process was facilitated by HAP International, People In Aid and the Sphere Project.