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The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) will be officially launched in Copenhagen on December 12 at an event that is expected to bring together many of the world’s key humanitarian thinkers and influencers, and practitioners

The result of a 12-month, three-stage consultation, the CHS was rigorously analysed and tested by key stakeholders in the sector, including: humanitarian workers, communities and people affected by crisis, several hundred NGOs, international NGOs and networks, governments, United Nations and donor agencies, and academics. The consultation process was facilitated by HAP, People In Aid and the Sphere Project and is based on an open source methodology with transparency at the heart of the process.

The 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. It also facilitates greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis: knowing what humanitarian organisations have committed to will enable them to hold those organisations to account.

The boards of HAP International, People In Aid and the Sphere Project have agreed that the CHS will replace the 2010 HAP Standard, the People In Aid Code of Good Practice and the Core Standards section of the Sphere Handbook. The Nine Commitments of the CHS will also be integrated into the Quality COMPAS reference framework.

The final version of the Core Humanitarian Standard will be available to download as a publication for free from www.corehumanitarianstandard.org/the-standard from 8am CET on Friday 12 December 2014. The launch event will be streamed live from 9am CET on Friday 12 December, and can be accessed from www.corehumanitarianstandard.org.

The CHS will be available in French, Spanish and Arabic in early 2015. The Spanish language CHS will be launched in Bogota, Colombia on 18 February 2015. The French and Arabic launches are expected to be confirmed shortly. For more information, email info@corehumanitarianstandard.org

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