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The Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (the Initiative) is a new organisation which has been set up on 7 July 2015 following the launch of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) to promote quality and accountable support to vulnerable communities affected by crisis or at risk of crisis, through the provision of accessible, high-quality verification and certification services to NGOs worldwide.
The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) was presented to 60 humanitarian and development actors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 29 April 2015. The session raised awareness of the CHS’s development, content and use among Haiti’s humanitarian community.
On the invitation of the German Foreign Office and VENRO, the umbrella organisation for development NGOs in Germany, HAP International facilitated a half-day workshop on the Core Humanitarian Standard. The 25 participants were highly engaged throughout the workshop, highlighting what they like about the CHS, their concerns, and detailing the support they need to implement the standard.
Consultation on the CHS Guidance Notes and Indicators to support organisations applying the standard
The two-month global consultation on the draft Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Guidance Notes and Indicators has now closed. We have had a great response and would like to thank all those who provided us with valuable feedback.
The final consultation on the draft Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Verification Framework has now closed and we would like to thank all the humanitarian and development actors who responded with valuable feedback.
The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) has now been launched in English, Spanish and French at regional events across Europe, South America and Africa. The Arabic version of the CHS will be available in May, and a number of other versions in key languages will follow throughout the year.
Jonathan Potter of People In Aid visited Australia in March 2015 and presented the CHS to a variety of NGOs and government members at a number of events. Discussions were engaging and overall feedback on the CHS was positive.
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 CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality humanitarian action. The draft CHS Monitoring and Verification Framework is a coherent and systematic approach to measuring how the CHS is used, and with what results. As such, it is an important quality assurance tool to ensure organisations are consistently assessing and reporting against the Standard using the same criteria, and generating comparable data.
The Core Humanitarian Standard in Spanish will be launching in Bogota Colombia today at an event bringing together many of the key actors in the humanitarian and development sectors in Latin America.