Tsaybatou Rabiou, a widow of 63, showing her card

Caroline Gluck/Oxfam - Oxfam is handing out vouchers to families in Flinigue. The vouchers of a fixed amount (3,400 cfa per beneficiary)  gives them the freedom to choose choose what they buy in a specified store

Juozas Cernius IFRC - Sudan. White Nile State, July 4, 2013. Post-conflict returnees receiving treated water at the village of Abu Ramad, Eljabaleen locality

Benoit Matsha-Carpentier / IFRC - Solomon Islands Red Cross volunteers reaching isolated populations by boat to provide assistance and prepositioned disaster management kits. 


SCHR: improving the quality, effectiveness and accountability of aid efforts

The Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response – SCHR – is a voluntary alliance of nine of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations. They share an aim, and work together, to improve the quality, effectiveness, accountability and impact of aid efforts for people affected by crisis.

The scale and reach of members’ work means that SCHR can provide unique insights on what is working well, what needs improvement and what can be done to ensure that aid efforts will have the most positive impact for people affected by crisis or at risk of crisis. SCHR focuses its work on three segments, a country operation-led agenda, a proactive quality and accountability agenda and an agenda focused on interaction with the United Nations.

Statement by the Board of the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative 

The Board of the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative has issued a statement following its first face-to-face meeting on 23 and 24 November 2015. Read it here.

The 2015 Humanitarian Accountability Report is out!

The Humanitarian Accountability Report is a must-read for all humanitarians. It provides us with a comprehensive analysis of the most recent developments to live up to our commitments to be accountable to people affected by crisis and proposes innovative approaches to progress further. An essential resource ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.

Recent News & Events

HUMANITARIAN QUALITY ASSURANCE INITIATIVE: Initial funding proposal and business model, June 2015

The initial funding proposal to establish the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative is available here. It covers the period mid 2015 to end 2017 but presents a business model for the organisation until 2021. 

The Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative and the CHS Alliance: How they relate to each other.

The Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative is set up independently from the CHS Alliance, to meet international requirements for verification and certification. Nevertheless, the two organisations will need to work closely, as the rules for verification and certification (= the Verification Framework) are set by the CHS Alliance. Accordingly, both organisations are registered in Geneva, and plan on being co-located. The CHS Alliance is represented on the Board of Directors of the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative by its Executive Director. More information on the CHS Alliance is available here.

VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION against the CHS: What are we talking about?

The CHS has been designed as a measureable and verifiable standard, in line with internationally recognised good practice in standards development.  It enables all stakeholders to be clear about what can be expected from organisations responding to a crisis, and demonstrate with evidence what has been delivered and how. For a comparison of self-verification, third-party (= external) verification and certification against the CHS, please read here

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