Community World Service Asia
Community World Service Asia (formerly Church World Service - Pakistan/Afghanistan) has been the Sphere focal point for Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2005. As such, it has provided training, technical support and resource materials to local, national and international NGOs, funding partners, UN agencies and communities and has advocated for quality and accountability standards throughout the region (*).
Community World Service Asia has provided training on Sphere principles and standards to more than 2,400 humanitarian workers from more than 500 organizations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan and Philippines.
Building on this experience, Community World Service Asia and the Sphere Project formed a regional partnership in Asia that came into force on 1 January 2011 for a period of three years.
As a regional partner, Community World Service Asia helps the Sphere Project achieve its global and local objectives by
- building the capacity of local and national organizations in the region,
- identifying national partners and focal points in disaster-prone countries,
- advancing the region's overall knowledge and application of quality and accountability standards in both policy and practice and
- providing insight on specific regional issues to strengthen the Sphere Project's global advocacy strategy.
(*) Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Japan, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.