Core Humanitarian Standard

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide.

The nine commitments form a framework of quality, accountability and good practice that can easily be implemented by all humanitarian actors in development programmes. CHS was approved in October 2014 by the CHS Technical Advisory Group, which comprised more than 60 members who represented a variety of humanitarian constituencies and technical expertise.

CHS helps to ensure that the range of humanitarian actors working in the sector work in coordination. They believe that by working in this way it brings greater coherence to the work done in often chaotic crisis situations. CHS puts the voices of communities and people affected by the crisis at the heart of decision-making, which makes the response more targeted and effective.

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