CHS Guidance Notes and Indicators

The CHS Guidance Notes and Indicators supplement the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). Aimed at all humanitarian actors and organisations involved in planning, managing or implementing a humanitarian response, this document provides clarification on the Key Actions and Organisational Responsibilities laid out in the CHS and examines some of the practical challenges that may arise when applying the CHS. It provides indicators and guiding questions to promote measurement of progress towards meeting the standard and drive continuous learning and improvement. It was updated to align with the version in the 2018 edition of the Sphere handbook.

Download the updated 2018 version here.

The older 2015 version was translated into several languages. Please note that these versions are out of date but remain here for reference.

Organisations are encouraged to translate the CHS into other languages, to help disseminate the document more widely and support humanitarian and development actors around the world. Those wishing to do so should first contact for more information and approval from the CHS communications team. 


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The Core Humanitarian Standard, rooted in the needs and rights of the communities and people affected by crisis and founded in humanitarian principles, will inspire energy and action for improved quality and accountability.
Pauliina Parhiala, Director, ACT Alliance
CHS Alliance
Groupe URD
Sphere Project