The Myanmar language version of the Core Humanitarian Standard was officially launched on 22 December in Yangon, Myanmar by the Accountability and Learning Working Group (ALWG) with the lead of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Mynamnar. The translation of the CHS was truly a shared effort by humanitarian and development organisation working in Asia. The Committee overseeing the process included: Action Aid, American Red Cross, BRAC, CARE Myanmar, Christian Aid, DanChurchAid / Norwegian Church Aid, Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group-DRRWG, Help Age International, Humanitarian Country Team-HCT, The Lutheran World Federation, Local Resources Center, Myanmar Red Cross Society, Ratana Metta Organization and Oxfam.

The launching event was organised with the intention to illustrate and share existing Quality & Accountability practices to members of parliament (MPs), governmental officials, civil society, humanitarian organizations and UN agencies, and to strengthen humanitarian accountability mechanisms among field practitioners working in the humanitarian and development sectors in Myanmar. Altogether 110 participants attended the event and actively contributed to the panel discussions and the question and answer sessions.

In his opening speech, U Tha Aung, Chairman and Member of Parliament of Yangon Regional Hluttaw explained that “the CHS is designed to be used in a range of ways by those involved in humanitarian action, including as a means to facilitate greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis, and improve the quality of services provided to them; monitor quality and accountability, using the CHS as a framework to support existing organisational and technical standards.”

David H Mueller, Representative of LWF Myanmar emphasised that “The inclusion of a wide group of practitioners and the consultation with the Myanmar Government is very important for both making sure of the quality of the translation but also for ensuring key stakeholder support for mainstreaming these important standards into all of the important humanitarian, development, peace and advocacy work in Myanmar”

Many participants appreciated the CHS and took it as an important and useful tool for individuals and organizations in their daily work. One of the members of the parliament from the Yangon Region shared her satisfaction on the CHS saying “We usually have several events in the country but seldom sees results of those events. CHS is a concrete result of discussions and consultations around humanitarian work. I am very satisfied to see this result, and I believe that this booklet will make a big difference in our effort of work”. It was also noted that as the Myanmar people already have a proactive approach to helping each other, the CHS will be especially useful to adopt a more systematic approach in order to be more effective in these activities.  

The Lutheran World Federation was a former member the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) and became certified against the HAP Certification Scheme in 2012. Now as a member of the CHS Alliance, LWF remains committed to quality and accountability by strengthening accountability practices, particularly in the areas of information sharing, participation, and complaints handling mechanisms. LWF Myanmar, organiser of the launching event, responds to human suffering and challenge its causes. The programme contribute to the alleviation of poverty in Myanmar through rights-based empowerment for sustainable development. As LWF Myanmar is committed to being responsible and accountable to the people they seek to serve, they strive for a culture of accountability at all levels – through leadership, policies, management systems, and field practices.

A big thanks to Kyaw Win Aung, Accountability Officer at the Lutheran World Federation, World Service - Myanmar Program for sharing the video and the details of the event.