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Welcome to our December 2015 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

I am delighted to welcome you to the first newsletter from the CHS Alliance. The CHS Alliance was formed by the merger of HAP International and People In Aid earlier this year, and is the result of an effort to harmonise standards in the humanitarian and development sector.

The Alliance has 246 member organisations headquartered in 55 capitals, all of whom have committed to applying the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) in their work. Operating around the inter-linked pillars of quality, accountability and people management, the Alliance provides members and other stakeholders with a broad range of capacity strengthening services including systematic and bespoke support in the application of the CHS.

As the year draws to a close, on behalf of the entire team I would like to thank you for your continued support over the past 12 months. While the CHS Alliance exists to assist organisations and individuals working in the humanitarian and development sectors, we are reliant upon your support in return. I look forward to our continued collaboration in 2016.

Season’s greetings and happy new year,

Judith F. Greenwood
Executive Director
CHS Alliance

Latest news

Online resource centre launches
Access 1000 quality, accountability, and people management articles, reports, case studies, tools, guidance and policies. Search resources by the nine commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).

2016 Capacity Development programme out
Book now for workshops and courses such as Introduction to the CHS, Training of Trainers on the CHS, Complaints & Response Mechanisms, Investigations Workshop, and PSEA and Investigations for Managers.

On the Road to Istanbul, the 2015 Humanitarian Accountability Report, was launched in September at events in London, Geneva, Nairobi, Bogota, Manchester and Lyon, offering concrete solutions to many of the issues raised during the global consultation for the World Humanitarian Summit.

Revised Guidelines for Investigations available in English and French. The tool assists those in humanitarian and development contexts who conduct or manage investigations into serious allegations, such as sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), fraud and corruption, committed by staff.

The 2015 Humanitarian Human Resources (HHR) Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur explored talent preparedness and humanitarian leadership challenges and solutions. Access the conference report, speaker presentations, photos and video.

Three key tools for people management now revised in line with the Core Humanitarian Standard:
• Handbook for Measuring HR Effectiveness (free)
• Staff Survey Toolkit (free to members)
• HR Manual (free to members)

Key findings from our mission to improve the Ukraine humanitarian response by identifying gaps and best practices and assist in setting up Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) systems.

Sexual Violence Management Conference in London gives the humanitarian sector action points to prevent and manage sexual violence. Read full conference report and access video interviews with speakers plus additional resources.

Guidance Notes & Indicators

The tool supplements the CHS by clarifying key actions & organisational responsibilities.

Read more

CHS now available in nine languages

Download the CHS in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, English, French, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.

Read more

Download CHS Training Handbook

Access our Training Handbook used for Introduction to the CHS in French and English. 

Read more

In the news

Guardian: Stigma, guilt and gaps in the system: it's time for NGOs to step up on staff mental health

IRIN’s Top Picks: African security, transparency and Istanbul’s outcomes

Latest blogs

How aid workers can become champions of accountability
By Nick van Praag
One has to sympathise with humanitarian staff. They are supposed to provide high quality aid under difficult circumstances while complying with myriad bureaucratic requirements. The cost of adopting new accountability initiatives may seem to outweigh the price of continuing business as usual. Here are eight ways we might fast forward aid workers’ buy-in to accountability.

Challenge for Syria and beyond - can we investigate sexual exploitation and abuse in remotely managed programmes?
By Lucy Heaven Taylor
The CHS Alliance recently conducted a training workshop in Istanbul on Investigating Complaints of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and one question kept coming up – how can we respond to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in remotely managed programmes? 
SEA is hard enough to address in standard operational programmes, let alone remotely managed ones so what do we need to consider. 

“People don’t want to be managed, they want to be unleashed”
By Alex Swarbrick
As humanitarian organisations face increasingly unpredictable and ambiguous challenges, we need leadership and cultures that fit. We can no longer pretend humans are only 'resources'. We need to be at home with the idea that our organisations are complex dynamic human systems, with their own unpredictability and ambiguity, and create cultures which allow people to flourish.

Upcoming events

Fair Pay virtual meeting
15 Dec 2015, 1-3pm GMT
This reward network meeting with Project F.A.I.R (Fairness in Aid and Remuneration) will look at the implementation of a dual salary alternative.

Book now

Training of Trainers workshops on CHS
Our 2016 training programme on the Core Humanitarian Standard kicks off in Oxford, UK (16-19 Feb), Port-au-Prince, Haiti, (7-10 Mar) and Bogota, Colombia (18-21 April).

Book now

Investigations Training workshop
London, UK, 22-25 Feb 2016
Learn how to conduct fair, thorough and confidential investigations into complaints of staff misconduct, with a focus on sexual exploitation & abuse.

Book now

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