An engaged network of Sphere country focal points and regional partners works to disseminate knowledge and promote the application of the Sphere principles and standards around the world.
Country focal points are organisations who actively promote and advocate for the application of the Sphere standards at country-level.
Focal point activities vary according to the humanitarian needs of their region. They work with local governments calling for the inclusion of Sphere standards in humanitarian response policies, share knowledge about humanitarian quality and accountability, hold Sphere trainings, and participate in the dissemination of the Sphere Handbook.
Regional partners are organisations or groups of organisations which carry out humanitarian quality and accountability activities and promote the Sphere standards at regional level. They build and nurture relationships with regional bodies as well as national and local organisations to facilitate regional advocacy activities.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions below to know more about Focal Points’ activities. To submit an application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The activities of Sphere focal points vary greatly from country to country, depending on local humanitarian needs. Generally speaking, focally points:
The role of the country focal point is voluntary. Focal points receive no financial compensation from Sphere.
Sphere favours applications from organisations, agencies, networks of agencies, advocacy or umbrella organisations, to ensure continuity to focal points’ activities over time.
To become a Sphere focal point, an organisation should:
Sphere encourages applications for priority countries with no existing focal points.
Depending on the humanitarian needs in a specific region, there may be more than one focal point in a country. When this happens, the focal points are expected to work closely together and coordinate their activities. There is no hierarchy among focal points.