The 2018 edition of the Sphere Handbook is the result of the most diverse and far-reaching consultation process in the history of Sphere. Nearly 4,500 online comments were received from 190 organisations, and more than 1,400 people participated in 60 in-person events hosted by partners in 40 countries. Sphere gratefully acknowledges the scale and breadth of the contributions made, including from national, local and international NGOs, national authorities and ministries, Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, universities, UN organisations and individual practitioners.
The revision process was coordinated by the Sphere office. Individual chapters were developed by lead authors with cross-sectoral support from designated thematic experts and resource persons from the humanitarian sector. The majority of the authors and thematic experts were put forward by their home organisations, dedicating their time and effort as an in-kind contribution to the sector.
Writing groups and reference groups were established to support the authors and thematic experts in their work. Sphere acknowledges the valuable contribution of all these individuals throughout 2017 and 2018. A full list of all working group and reference group members can be found below.
Peer Review Group
Sexual and reproductive health
See reviewer list for the theme “Mental Health and Psychosocial Support”.
WASH in healthcare settings
Pelly Isabelle, CaLP
Wisniewski Susan, Terre des Hommes
Harrick Mark, WVI
Jalovec Jennifer, Terre des Hommes
Thematic experts (Environment):
George Amanda, Swedish Red Cross / OCHA-UNEP Environment unit
Palo Thomas, Swedish Red Cross
Thematic experts (DRR):
Dolcemascolo Glenn, UNISDR
Njogu Muthoni, UNISDR
Cano Mireia, GENCAP
Ward Jeanne, Independent
van Ommeren Dr. Mark, WHO
Ventevogel Peter, UNHCR
Olsen Joanna, CRS
Hand Phillip, HelpAge International
Van Horssen Irene, HelpAge International
Fay Alice, UNHCR
Pla Cordero Ricardo, Humanity and Inclusion
Sekkenes Sara, UNDP
Fenton George, Humanitarian Logistics Association
Sitko Pamela, WVI