What do we know about users of humanitarian standards?
19 July 2021 | Sphere
By Anne Radday and Nola Jenkins
In 2021, the SEADS Project team will draft the first ever standards to support agricultural livelihoods in emergencies. Before we began, we wanted to better understand the preferences of the future users of SEADS....
Armed conflict and volcanic eruptions in Goma, DRC: The relevance of humanitarian standards
23 June 2021 | Sphere
Jonas Habimana is the executive director of the Bureau d’Informations, Formations, Échanges et Recherches pour le Développement (BIFERD), a Sphere focal point in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and also a board member of Sphere.
With a heavy heart – Memories of Simon Russell (1967 – 2021)
22 June 2021 | Sphere
We remember our wonderful friend and colleague Simon Russell who recently passed away in the UK. Simon worked with many organisations around the world including ICMC, Refugee Review Tribunal, ProCAP and most recently with UNHCR as the...
How to use Sphere standards throughout the humanitarian programme cycle
22 June 2021 | Sphere
The Sphere Handbook’s blend of ethical, rights-based approach and technical standards makes it one of the best-known and respected reference documents in the humanitarian sector.
Its usefulness in assessing situations and needs; for writing...
Sphere facilitators gain new skills in online teaching methods
09 June 2021 | Sphere
The network of Sphere practitioners around the world includes people with experience in conducting training and learning activities based on Sphere and the Sphere Handbook.
Find a Sphere facilitator
From early 2020, COVID-19 lockdown measures...
COVID-19 case studies of good practice from around the globe
07 June 2021 | Sphere
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.
Sphere issued COVID-19 guidance based on Sphere standards in February 2020. This was translated...
Sphere’s new membership model – lower fees for a more inclusive community
26 May 2021 | Sphere
Sphere members show off their new Sphere Handbooks at the General Assembly in Geneva, November 2018
Sphere has taken the bold step to change its membership model, creating a flatter structure and offering significant reductions in fees. The...
Learn what Sphere achieved during 2020
13 April 2021 | Sphere
Read the Sphere Annual Report 2020
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In the midst of a pandemic, the past year was a challenge for many organisations. Sphere stepped up its efforts to convene and share expertise...
“First things first”: New report explores the evolution of priorities in the Sphere Handbook
17 March 2021 | Sphere
Laurie Chartrand and Anna Ploeg are students at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. During a 10-month research project in collaboration with the Humanitarian Exchange and Research Center...
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...