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How humanitarian standards help us spotlight minorities

By Christine Knudsen (*) When disaster strikes, it is critical to pay special attention to the situation of those who may be disenfranchised, at heightened risk, and with fewer...

Posted: 1st December 2016

Are we ready? How organisational culture needs to change to put people at the centre

By Nik Rilkoff (*) When it comes to meeting humanitarian accountability commitments, many organisations have put time, money and effort into information systems and complaints feedback mechanisms. However, it...

Posted: 30th November 2016

Training humanitarian workers in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, 60 aid workers attended a training on Sphere principles and standards in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwestern Haiti on 4 October....

Posted: 20th October 2016

Working with universal standards in local contexts

For Sphere standards to be more useful, appropriate and ultimately effective, they can - and must - be adapted to local contexts. This is one of the key findings...

Posted: 16th September 2016

A decade-long commitment to humanitarian quality and accountability in Asia

Sphere regional partner Community World Service Asia has recently completed 10 years of work to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian response in the region. It all began...

Posted: 15th September 2016

Dissemination of Sphere standards in Iran reaches next level

With the first-ever Sphere training of trainers in Iran, the standards' introduction there reached a new phase that seeks to build larger capacity faster. Working with the International Consortium...

Posted: 29th July 2016

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