Consultation process  

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) is the result of a 12-month, three-stage consultation process during which humanitarian workers, communities and people affected by crisis, several hundred Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and networks, governments, United Nations and donor agencies, and academics rigorously analysed the content of the CS and tested it at headquarters and field level. 

Consultation process, oversight and transparency

The process for developing the Core Humanitarian Standard was spearheaded by HAP International, People In Aid and the former Sphere Project (now replaced by Sphere) with the assistance of Groupe URD. Two external facilitators accompanied the process to ensure transparency and a fully participative process. Additional support was provided through the following

You can also read the full process architecture document, including Terms of Reference for the entities above.

Technical Advisory Group and Technical Steering Group Meetings

The Technical Advisory Group and Technical Steering Group met twice to discuss feedback from the consultations and approve changes to the Standard document. Meeting notes for each can be found below.

TAG/TSC Meeting notes – April 2014

TAG/TSC Meeting notes – October 2014

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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