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. It also facilitates greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis: knowing what humanitarian organisations have committed to will enable them to hold those organisations to account.
As a core standard, the CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality humanitarian action. Humanitarian organisations may use it as a voluntary code with which to align their own internal procedures. It can also be used as a basis for verification of performance.
The CHS is now available in Arabic, Bangla, Bahasa Indonesia, English, French, Haitian Crole, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Turkish and Urdu. It was first launched in English in Copenhagen on 12 December 2014. The Spanish launch took place in Bogota on 18 February 2015 and was followed by the French launch in Paris on 19 March 2015.
Organisations are encouraged to translate the CHS into other languages, to help disseminate the document more widely. Those wishing to do so should first contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and approval from the CHS communications team.