Update from CHS launch events in Paris, France and Nairobi, Kenya
The French version of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) was officially launched at an event in Paris, France on 19 March 2015. A regional launch of the CHS also took place in Nairobi, Kenya. Both events brought together many of the key actors in the humanitarian and development sectors and led to lively discussions on the CHS.
The Nairobi launch saw 90 participants from 30 different organisations, representing national and international NGOs, UN agencies and donors.
Kathy Relleen Evans, Co-Chair of the Inter Agency Working Group (IAWG) and Regional Advocacy Coordinator at CARE International, delivered the keynote speech, highlighting the importance of the CHS as a standard for the sector, “Numerous stakeholders have invested significant efforts into developing a simple and straightforward standard, which reflects the consensus of the humanitarian sector. There’s nothing better than having one standard for our daily work.”
After introducing participants to the CHS, Massimo Nicoletti Altimari, Senior Quality and Accountability Officer at HAP International and Maxine Clayton, People In Aid’s Regional Representative led a lively discussion on the CHS where participants discussed the opportunities for the CHS in East Africa.
“The East African region presents an enormous opportunity to operationalise the Core Humanitarian Standard and ensure it is widely adopted across the humanitarian sector, while being grounded in operational realities.” Nicolas Seris (Co-Chair of the Quality and Accountability Working Group)
Participants also emphasised the demand for capacity development, both in terms of tools as well as training workshops in the region, and underlined the need for field-level support to operationalise the CHS.
There was a positive response to the CHS French launch in Paris, France which took place on the same day. This event was organised by Group URD, HAP International, People In Aid and the Sphere Project. A presentation of the CHS was followed by a debate on its implementation and perspectives for the sector. More news from the Paris launch event coming soon.