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Core Humanitarian Standard regional revision consultations

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In a rapidly changing world, how can we ensure the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) is a more accessible, relevant and user-friendly tool to drive better quality and accountability in the humanitarian sector and beyond?

The CHS revision process is designed to answer this question – based on extensive consultations with humanitarian and development actors, policy makers, donors, and crucially, people affected by crises.

CHS regional revision consultations

Following analysis of the feedback received on the current standard during the consultation phase in 2022, a revised CHS has been drafted and is now being shared with aid actors and affected people and communities for validation.

The owners of the CHS – Sphere, CHS Alliance and Groupe URD – in collaboration with regional partners, are organising in-person workshops in six locations during 2023. These build on consultations with communities, people affected by crisis and aid practitioners at country level:

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)Arabic, English16 May 2023Amman, Jordan
GlobalEnglish7 June 2023Geneva, Switzerland
Central & South AmericaSpanish11-12 July 2023Panama City, Panama
Western & Central AfricaFrench12 July 2023Dakar, Senegal
Southern & Eastern AfricaEnglish7 September 2023Nairobi, Kenya
Asia PacificEnglish28 September 2023Bangkok, Thailand

The CHS was developed by the sector in 2015 to help humanitarian actors improve the quality and accountability of their programmes.  It presents a set of commitments that humanitarian actors make to people in crises.

The CHS is part of the foundation on which the Sphere Minimum Standards, and the other standards in the Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP), are built. It is a measurable standard against which humanitarian organisations can be assessed.

The CHS owners expect to complete the revision process by the end of 2023.