Founding bodies 

The three founding bodies behind the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) are the CHS Alliance, Groupe URD and Sphere. They play complementary roles, namely:

>> The CHS Alliance assists its members and the wider community to promote and implement the CHS; it helps them verify their application of the CHS requirements.

>> Groupe URD helps organisations to improve the quality of their programmes through evaluations, research, training, and strategic and Quality support. It has developed the Quality & Accountability COMPASS that provides guidelines, processes and tools to help implement the CHS in the field.

>> Sphere brings together a wide range of humanitarian agencies around the aim to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian assistance. The Sphere Handbook sets common principles and universal minimum standards in life-saving areas of humanitarian response. The Core Humanitarian Standard is one of the three foundational chapters of Sphere, informing and supporting the technical standards, together with the Humanitarian Charter and the Protection Principles.

Besides the CHS Alliance, Sphere and Groupe URD, there are numerous organisations around the world that advocate for, promote and implement the Core Humanitarian Standard. 


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