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"Never has it been more important to apply the Core Humanitarian Standard" - By Judith F. Greenwood, Executive Director of the CHS Alliance
In the last few days news reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian aid workers in Haiti have shocked our sector. These reported cases show just how vital it is to apply existing standards and use all available tools. In this blog, Judith F. Greenwood, Executive Director of the CHS Alliance, underlines how essential it is to continue to promote and apply the Core Humanitarian Standard and support the wider humanitarian community to do so.
The three copyright holders of the Core Humanitarian Standard - the CHS Alliance, Groupe URD and Sphere - hosted an information desk at this year's Humanitarian Network and Partnerships Week (HNPW), took place from 05 to 09 February and was attended by approximately 1,490 practitioners.
Groupe URD has recently published a revised version of the Quality and Accountability COMPASS in order to mainstream it with the Core Humanitarian Standard. Originally published in 2004, the COMPASS provides a series of recommendations, processes and tools that have been specifically designed to help international aid projects implement the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) in all sectors, contexts and operational zones.
The Humanitarian Inclusion Standards, developed by the Age and Disability Capacity Programme (ADCAP), an initiative of a consortium of CBM, DisasterReady.org, Handicap International, HelpAge International, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Oxford Brookes University and RedR UK, aims to provide guidance to include older people and people with disabilities in all sectors and at all stages of humanitarian action.
The panel discussion is conducted as part of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnership (HNPW) week. The Inter-Network Day on Wednesday 7 February is open to all humanitarian experts and offers a unique opportunity to work across existing Networks and Partnerships and to explore interesting initiatives that foster better collaboration.
The popular e-learning course on the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) is now available in Bengali. The course can be accessed on Kaya, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA)'s online learning platform.
The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Guidance Notes and Indicators is now available in Bengali language. The CHS management team would like to thank the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, and Meherun Nesa Jhumur and Nayeem Wahra at the Disaster Forum in Dhaka, with support from Hasina Zaman and Sharmin Ruba for preparing the translation.
In the first annual synthesis report published since the World Humanitarian Summit and entitled ‘No Time to Retreat’, 142 stakeholders described their efforts made from June to December 2016, including with regard to the implementation of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).
Self-assessments conducted in 2016 reveal the extent to which humanitarian organisations do or do not fulfil the nine commitments. The commitment with the lowest average score is Commitment 5, which calls for communities and people affected by crisis to have access to safe and responsive complaint mechanisms - a necessary component of accountable humanitarian action.
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Principles has recently developed and endorsed a revised version of the Commitments on Accountability to Affected People and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CAAP) to reflect essential developments such as the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).