WELCOME TO SCHR
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.
The Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative has been established!
It will provide high quality verification and certification services against the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) to NGOs worldwide. Read the statement here.
The Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative is recruiting.
The Initiative is recruiting its Executive Director. Read the Vacancy Notice here.
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.
CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROJECT: Pilot studies methodology overview
This field research helped the project 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 was not not an assessment, evaluation or audit of participating organisations, but a consultation with stakeholders.
CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROJECT: Version Two of the proposed model
This revised version (also in SP or FR) of the certification model responded to feedback received, with the proposed core assessment criteria organised around three pillars: 1) Humanitarian Principles; 2) Accountability to Affected People; and 3) Quality, Effectiveness and Learning, It also uses a a limited number of key indicators.
This version was 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 December meeting summary report is available here.
CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROJECT: the team responded to your TOP 10 QUESTIONS
What were the top 10 recurring questions that we received in feedback on the draft certification model? The project team responded 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?...
CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROJECT: Version One of the model
HAP & SCHR CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROJECT LEARNING EVENT: Bangkok, 29-30 Oct., 2013
“Can certification contribute to humanitarian effectiveness?”
An event summary is 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.