Addressing the power imbalance in the humanitarian sector
21 January 2019 | Sphere
How can humanitarian standards support the empowerment of local actors, including affected people? With the localisation agenda receiving much attention and the 2018 Sphere Handbook focusing even more on using standards in context at...
2018: A year with Sphere
07 January 2019 | Sphere
Dear Sphere friends,
As a very busy and successful 2018 draws to an end, we would like to thank you for your support and engagement over the past many months. The Sphere network has been growing stronger each year and 2018 was no exception. You...
2018 Handbook launch: past and future of humanitarian standards
28 November 2018 | Sphere
“When we started it, we had a real hard time publishing the Handbook”, said Peter Walker, co-founder of the Sphere movement. “It now exists in more than 30 languages. The humanitarian community has taken it, run with it, and...
Sphere General Assembly elects new President, Executive Committee
27 November 2018 | Sphere
The Sphere General Assembly met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 5 November. The meeting was aimed at welcoming the new members who joined Sphere during 2018, as well as providing new governance for the organisation.
Sphere Handbook 2018: New edition out on 6 November 2018
24 October 2018 | Sphere
The Sphere Handbook is the oldest initiative in the field of humanitarian standards. It has been field-tested over twenty years and regularly updated to ensure it remains fit for purpose in a changing world. What does not change is...
Local actors and affected populations at the heart of their own recovery: how can humanitarian standards contribute?
19 September 2018 | Sphere
Can humanitarian standards contribute to empowering local actors and affected populations during humanitarian response and recovery phases? Aninia Nadig, Sphere Advocacy and Policy Manager, discussed this question during a panel...
Sphere General Assembly to welcome new members, elect new Executive Committee
05 September 2018 | Sphere
Sphere will convene an extraordinary session of its General Assembly during the week of 5 November to welcome new Sphere members who have joined since the launch of the membership campaign in June. The General Assembly will also elect the new...
Ecuador recognises Sphere standards as cornerstone of national humanitarian response policy
05 September 2018 | Sphere
The Ecuadorian government reaffirmed the Sphere standards’ role as the foundation of the country’s risk management structures as it unveiled its recently updated National Disaster Response Plan (RESPONDE Ec).
In April 2016, a 7.8-magnitude...
Sphere is recruiting a Strategic Communications and Membership Director
13 June 2018 | Sphere
Are you a natural communicator and relationship builder? Do you enjoy the challenge of finding new ways to engage and connect with a wide variety of people and organisations?...
Sphere governing bodies meet in Barcelona: Board signs off on Handbook 2018, General Assembly paves the way for expansion of Sphere membership
30 May 2018 | Sphere
The Sphere Executive Board convened for its biannual meeting on 8 May, hosted by Oxfam Intermón in Barcelona. The agenda included review and sign-off on the 2018 edition of the Sphere Handbook and a new application to join the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, as well as financial and administrative matters.