Sphere launches new strategy for 2021-2025
25 February 2021 | Sphere
Sphere was established in 1997 as an inter-agency project in response to concerns about the performance, accountability and lack of coordination among humanitarian actors during the Great Lakes refugee crisis. Sphere developed standards for...
Sphere’s new online training is a great way to learn about standards in times of pandemic
17 February 2021 | Sphere
Sphere’s newly released e-learning course "Sphere in Practice" supports students, humanitarian professionals and anyone who wishes to learn about humanitarian standards in an interactive and engaging way.
On top of being entirely...
Put people first to win the battle against COVID-19
25 January 2021 | Sphere
By Dr Unni Krishnan
The ancient Spanish port city of A Coruña has a fascinating history - one which contains many parallels with our present fight against a global pandemic. In fact, the city shares its name with the virus that...
Teaching others about Sphere: The journey of four new trainers in Burkina Faso
20 January 2021 | Sphere
Every year, a committed group of some 120 Sphere trainers across 50 countries is responsible for spreading knowledge of Sphere standards among field practitioners, policymakers and government officials around the world, advocating for...
The Sphere Handbook becomes available in Brazilian Portuguese
24 November 2020 | Sphere
Sphere’s focal point organisation in Brazil, Fraternidade-Federação Humanitária Internacional (FFHI), recently completed the translation of the Sphere Handbook into Brazilian Portuguese. You can now download the PDF for free from the...
Putting people at the center of Disaster Risk Reduction: Sphere releases new short guide
15 October 2020 | Sphere
Sphere released a new resource that supports humanitarian practitioners implementing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities while keeping a standard-based approach in mind. This publication is the second of Sphere’s ‘thematic...
Humanitarian Accountability Report 2020: Preparedness is key, says Sphere director
09 October 2020 | Sphere
This opinion piece by Sphere Executive Director Dr Balwant Singh is an excerpt of the latest Humanitarian Accountability Report, released by the CHS Alliance in October 2020.
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Too much guidance across the sector? How to make sense of humanitarian guidelines, tools and standards
07 August 2020 | Sphere
By Aninia Nadig, Sphere’s Policy and Pratice Manager
Do you sometimes feel confused about different kinds of guidance on the same topic and wonder which one you should follow? I would like to offer a way of navigating through...
Affected communities as first responders: How an Indonesian village led the local fight against COVID-19
07 August 2020 | Sphere
When COVID-19 began to spread across Indonesia, the Javanese village of Gumuk Indah did not wait for assistance from government or for international NGOs to fly in. Taking matters into their own hands, residents put a...
Fostering dialogue with the armed forces in humanitarian response: An interview with Rohan Kent
23 June 2020 | Sphere
Rohan Kent works within the Concepts and Capabilities Directorate of the Australian Civil-Military Centre, a government agency that promotes joint efforts between civil, police and military forces. Before joining the Centre, he spent 15 years...