In early September, People In Aid East Africa Representative Maxine Clayton presented an update on the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) to the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) Quality and Accountability meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of the presentation was to share updates on the CHS consultation process with the group, and to gain feedback on how they felt the CHS was relevant to them at a regional level.

“Feedback from some of the attendees who are also testing the CHS, such as World Vision, Hijra and Islamic Relief, indicates that they have found the process valuable in enabling them to systematically look at their programmes and projects, as well as directly informing the development of the CHS.” Maxine reported.

The IAWG Q&A working group has also identified a way to incorporate the CHS into their work plan for 2014/15 by using the final version of the framework to help prioritise areas of focus for training and support in the region.

“It’s really important that the CHS receives as wide a consultation as possible, and we are particularly keen to receive feedback from those working directly with affected people and communities. The attention of regional working groups like the IAWG Q&A working group in East Africa is incredibly valuable to the process overall.”

Agencies in the region and beyond who are not already involved in testing the CHS are encouraged to provide online feedback by the deadline of 12 September.