The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) has been launched in Bangla at a seminar in Dhaka, after its development during a year-long participatory process that included field testing.

CHS Alliance Executive Director, Judith Greenwood joined the panel discussion on Accountability and Quality Management in Humanitarian Actions: Bangladesh Perspective, that was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST. Judith highlighted that accountability to the community should come first in both humanitarian and development action. She also drew attention to the CHS bringing together the majority of INGOs for the first time.

Rezaul said that the Bangla version of the CHS was unique because of its inclusive and transparent creation process, as well as the involvement of leaders from all sectors in its launch to ensure broad ownership of the Standard.

Chief guest speaker Dhirendra Debnath Shambu, MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on MoDM&R, committed to rolling out the CHS in government including at the local level and ensuring government officials are accountable to communities first.

The seminar was organised by the CHS support group in Bangladesh and the United Nations with contributions from NGOs including ActionAid, BRAC, CARE, Christian Aid, CARITAS, COAST, Concern Worldwide, DCA, Disaster Forum, DSK, Red Cross and Red Crescent, Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid, NIRAPOD, Oxfam, Plan International, Practical Action, Save the Children, Tearfund, IoM, and World Vision.

The CHS management team would like to thank the CHS support group in Bangladesh for its tireless work in translating and designing the Bangla language version of the CHS, which will be an invaluable resource for the community of humanitarian and development organisations working in disaster response and development in Bangladesh.

The CHS is also available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, English, French, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu on our Standard page. We also encourage organisations to translate the CHS into other languages, to help disseminate the document more widely. Those wishing to do so should first email info@corehumanitarianstandard.org for more information and approval from the CHS communications team.