Sphere in 2019
20 December 2019 | Sphere
Dear Sphere friends,
As another exciting year draws to a close, we would like to thank our global community for your active engagement and commitment. Every year, each person and organisation supporting Sphere plays a key role in contributing to...
Using humanitarian standards to protect both people and the environment: Sphere releases new thematic sheet
26 November 2019 | Sphere
Sphere recently published a new resource that offers hands-on guidance to practitioners looking to consider environmental issues in their humanitarian programmes. It is the first in a series of thematic sheets that will discuss some of the...
Discovering the new edition of the Child Protection Minimum Standard: An interview with Save the Children’s Susanna Davies
22 November 2019 | Sphere
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, one of Sphere’s partner standard initiatives, released the second edition of the Child Protection Minimum Standard (CPMS) in October. The CPMS handbook guides humanitarian...
Are standards the key to working together better?
21 November 2019 | Sphere
Edward Sembidde Mwebaze, Oxfam’s humanitarian programme manager in Uganda, shares his experiences and lessons learnt during the response to the country’s protracted refugee crisis.
This article is based on his contribution to a panel...
Palliative care as a basic healthcare right: A new consensus within the humanitarian community
20 November 2019 | Sphere
This article first appeared on the blog of the European Association for Palliative Care.
Continuing our new series about palliative care in the context of humanitarian crises where we shall look at the implications of providing...
Dr Balwant Singh appointed as Sphere’s new Executive Director
08 October 2019 | Sphere
The Sphere Executive Committee is delighted to announce that Dr Balwant Singh will start as Sphere’s new Executive Director on 15 October 2019.
Dr Singh brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in philanthropy,...
A common vocabulary in a time of crisis: Working with the Sphere standards in the wake of Hurricane Dorian
04 October 2019 | Sphere
Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas islands on 1 September 2019. The storm destroyed 13,000 homes and affected around 76,000 people, leaving Bahamians in extreme need of shelter, food, and WASH assistance.
Sphere member Baptist...
First Sphere workshop in Libya strengthens humanitarian efforts at a time of deepening crisis
19 September 2019 | Sphere
The first Sphere workshop to be organised in Libya took place in late August in the capital, Tripoli. It was delivered by the Sphere member and focal point Sheikh Tahir Azzawi Charity Organization (STACO) in collaboration with...
New Sphere training pack now available in Arabic, French and Spanish
19 September 2019 | Sphere
The updated version of the Sphere training pack has been published in three additional languages, making the material available to an even broader group of humanitarian practitioners around the globe.
Released in English earlier this...
Early warning systems and foresight: from ancient wisdom to modern practice
23 July 2019 | Sphere
Aninia Nadig’s * recent visit to Jordan made her think about how early warning systems and Sphere standards can work together to temper the impacts of crises.
A few weeks ago, I visited the Amman Citadel. As I explored...