Seven years ago, the Core Humanitarian Standard for Quality and Accountability (CHS) was launched, marking a major milestone for the aid sector. Development of the standard brought together multiple stakeholders, including people and communities affected by crises, to agree on a common set of commitments and good practices to improve the quality, effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian action.
Since then, the CHS has become a key reference in the aid sector. Hundreds of organisations use the CHS to guide and orient their work, and the standard has influenced efforts to strengthen accountability at all levels.
However, the global context has changed significantly since the standard was created. The climate emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic, protection and safeguarding concerns, and growing awareness of unequal power dynamics in the aid sector are examples of the need to revise and reaffirm commitments to people and communities that are vulnerable to and affected by crisis.
The CHS is co-managed by three organisations: Sphere, CHS Alliance and Groupe URD. These organisations will jointly launch a two-year consultation and revision process on 12 May 2022 during the Humanitarian Networks & Partnerships Week (HNPW) event in Geneva.
To attend a launch event, please register via the HNPW website.
The participatory two-year process will explore several questions, including:
The process will prioritise listening to and understanding what vulnerable people and communities need and value. We will include the perspectives of community-based and civil society actors. We will explore how the revised CHS can support system-wide changes. This includes looking at wider take-up of the standard by UN agencies, donors and policymakers.
We want to hear how you use the standard and your suggestions to improve it.
If you are able to attend the HNPW in person, come and meet us at the adjacent Sphere and CHS Alliance stalls in the exhibition space.