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 in aid efforts, what needs improvement and what can be done to ensure that aid efforts will have the most positive impact for people affected by crises. SCHR focuses its work on three segments, a field programme-led agenda, a proactive quality and accountability agenda and an agenda focused on interaction with the United Nations.

Copenhagen Conference 12 December 2012: Launch of the CHS and presentation of the findings of the Certification Review

These two initiatives have the potential to mark a significant step forward in the way humanitarian actors deliver, and are held accountable for, their work. See the Press Release here.

Certification Review - Proposed model

The paper available here summarises the findings and recommendations from the Certification Review project, which ended end of September 2014.

Rationale for certification and Glossary of Terms;

Proposed Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Framework (against v.3 of the CHS);

Certification Organisation: Recommended Structure and Governance;

Cost Analysis and Resource Requirements;

Scaling Up and Achieving Critical Mass;

What Certification Would Look Like from the Perspective of Different Stakeholders.

Recent News & Events

CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROJECT: Steering Group Meeting, July 2014

The Certification Review Project Steering Group met on 3 July, 2014 to review some of the issues arising from the findings and recommendations from the four field case studies carried out between February and June. Read the meeting summary here.

CERTIFICATION REVIEW: Pilot Studies, February to July 2014

The project team has now completed pilot studies in Ethiopia, Pakistan, DRC and the Philippines. To read more about the purpose of these visits: READ MORE >

You can access the Ethiopia report, the Pakistan report, the DRC report and The Philippines report.

CERTIFICATION REVIEW & THE CHS PROCESS: How they relate to each other?

This note outlines how the SCHR-sponsored Certification Review project and the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) process intend to work together as they move forward with their respective research and consultations with stakeholders.



This field research will help us understand the practical implications of certification for organisations: could it reinforce quality and accountability systems and could certification contribute (or not) to improving humanitarian action. The research will not be an assessment, evaluation or audit of participating organisations, but a consultation with stakeholders.

Click here for an overview of the pilot research methodology.


Please send us your feedback by 31st March

This revised version (also in SP or FR) responds to your feedback. We have organised the proposed core assessment criteria around three pillars: 1) Humanitarian Principles;  2) Accountability to Affected People; and 3) Quality, Effectiveness and Learning, and uses a limited number of key indicators.

This version will be used as the basis for the field research phase of the project... READ MORE >

CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROJECT: Steering Group Meeting, December 2013

Following review of the responses received on the draft Certification Model, the project Steering Group met mid-December to review the project’s progress, provide guidance on incorporating inputs and agree on the next steps. The project will continue with its original guiding principles of open and transparent participation, and will continue to build upon any other relevant processes. The focus of the continued work will be on the content and process required for a successful, sustainable model.
The December meeting summary report is available here.

TOP 10 QUESTIONS? The Certification Team respond

What were the top 10 recurring questions that we received in your feedback on the draft certification model? The project team respond on issues that were not clear in the draft model:

1.   What is the purpose of certification?
2.  Is this a new model? It looks very similar to existing models…
3.  How does this link to the Core Humanitarian Standard?
4.  Why is the draft model limited to assessing the principles of humanity and impartiality?...



The Certification Project team are happy to have received some 50 pieces of written feedback on the first draft proposed certification model for humanitarian organisations.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the feedback, please send the team an email request.

The feedback has been incorporated into a revised draft, which will be shared soon.

(The first model is still available here - also in French and Spanish).

HAP & SCHR LEARNING EVENT: Bangkok, 29-30 Oct., 2013


“Can certification contribute to humanitarian effectiveness?”

An event summary is now available to provide a flavour of the discussions and key findings.

The aim of the event was to share learning from on-going certification initiatives in the humanitarian sector and hear about quality assurance models in the private sector.


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