The Standard

Every day, all over the world, countless people from all walks of life are moved to act in response to the humanitarian imperative - the desire to prevent and alleviate humanitarian suffering wherever it happens. 

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. The CHS places communities and people affected by crisis at the centre of humanitarian action. As a core standard, the CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality humanitarian aid. It is a voluntary and measurable standard. The CHS is the result of a global consultation process. It draws together key elements of existing humanitarian standards and commitments.  

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.

Putting crisis-affected people at the centre
Putting crisis-affected people at the centre

P-FIM training participants listen to a group of pregnant women, girl mothers, women's associations and survivors of SBBV in North Kivu, DRC.

Credit: Johanniter

Save the Children is embedding the CHS as our guiding standard within emergency response. Above all, we wish to place accountability to children as the driving force behind everything we do.
Richard Cobb, Evidence and Impact Advisor, Save the Children
CHS Alliance
Groupe URD
Sphere Project