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 & Indicators is a supplement to the CHS. The guidance provides clarification on the Key Actions and Organisational Responsibilities in the CHS and examines some of the practical challenges that may arise when applying the CHS. It explains why each of the Nine Commitments of the CHS is important and provides some examples for different audiences and for different contexts. 

Guided testing - Turkey
Guided testing - Turkey

Zeynep M. Turkmen Sanduvac from Turkey, Mavi Kalem Social Assistance & Charity Association, delivered a CHS testing process orientation workshop with staff from Support To Life in Sanliurfa. Zeynep coordinated guided testing of the CHS between Mavi Kalem and Support To Life.

Credit: Zeynep M. Turkmen Sanduvac, Mavi Kalem

The CHS is our standard; the tool we will use to show that we build quality processes into our work; to minimise the efforts we put into reporting and upwards accountability and maximise the time we have to build relationships with affected people.
Richard Cobb, Evidence and Impact Advisor, Merlin/Save the Children
CHS Alliance
Groupe URD
Sphere Project