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Welcome to Draft 2 of the Sphere Handbook 2018!
The first phase of the revision process was the most inclusive in Sphere’s history. Sphere and its partners analyzed 2,500 comments as well as input received from 1,200 participants in consultation events across 40 countries. Over the summer, we worked with authors to review and integrate the rich feedback and recommendations into the first draft.

Thanks to this global effort, a new draft of the Sphere Handbook 2018 – for the first time in its entirety – became available for you to download and review.

Thank you for your contribution! We are no longer accepting feedback on Draft 2.


Download Draft 2: any or all chapters of the draft Sphere Handbook.


Highlights of Draft 2 include:

  • A revised What is Sphere introduction to using the standards in practice;
  • A new Delivering Through Markets annex covering Supply Chain Management and Cash-Based Assistance;
  • Strengthened inter-chapter linkages and more robust integration of cross-cutting themes;
  • A redesigned Shelter and Settlement chapter;
  • New WASH standards on linkages to health for disease outbreaks and nutrition interventions;
  • A full review of the Protection Principles;
  • Newly drafted chapter introductions and appendices.


The deadline for feedback was Monday 6 November 2017.



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Introduction, Common Chapters, Annex



Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion — WASH

Food Security and Nutrition

Shelter and Settlement


Health Action