Indonesian national humanitarian guidelines incorporate Sphere standards

05 June 2014 | Sphere Project

Banda Aceh, Indonesia, a Tsunami hit the region on 25 February 2005.Survivors clear the ruins in front of the remains of a house in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, after a Tsunami hit the region on 25 February 2005. Photo © Jefri Aries/IRIN

Sphere minimum standards have been incorporated into the recently adopted Indonesian National Standards on Humanitarian Response.

The Indonesian National Standards on Humanitarian Response were adopted by the country's National Standard Agency on December 2013. They also reference Sphere companion standards on education in emergencies, economic recovery and livestock management as well as the HAP Standard and the People in Aid Code of Conduct.

The Indonesian national standards were developed through a two-year broad consultative process. The technical committees working on the standards were led by the National Disaster Management Agency and included representatives of the Indonesia Red Cross Society. Humanitarian NGOs provided input to the process.

The inclusion of international quality and accountability standards in the Indonesian humanitarian guidelines is largely due to the advocacy efforts deployed by the Indonesian Society for Disaster Management (MPBI), which is the Sphere Project focal point in the country.

The Indonesian national standards are not legally binding but will be an invaluable reference for all those involved in humanitarian response in the country.

The Indonesian Government is also working on the development of a national working competency framework on disaster management. The current draft references the Sphere standards. It should be presented this year at the National Convention.

MPBI plans to host at least two Sphere training workshops in Indonesia this year and also considers the possibility of conducting a Sphere training of trainers course.

MPBI translated and published the Bahasa version of the Sphere Handbook 2011 edition and that of the 2004 edition. The latter sold some 15,000 copies.

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