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July 2016 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

It's been a busy couple of months at the CHS Alliance! At the World Humanitarian Summit in May, humanitarian leaders committed to apply the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) to improve humanitarian effectiveness, as captured in the Secretary General's summary report . You can find statements of support for the CHS as well as a summary of discussions from our side-event on quality and accountability on our website. Our first animation on the CHS launched in English, French and Spanish. We're also excited to share a free e-learning course on the CHS developed in partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, Sphere Project, Groupe URD and IECAH. 

The programme is coming together for our Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) conference in Bangkok on 5 September and it promises to be an engaging and beneficial day. Attendance is free for those working in PSEA in the humanitarian and/or development sector so make sure to register. The Humanitarian Human Resources (HHR) Europe 2016 conference took place in Barcelona in June; speaker presentations and other resources on the theme of "Organisational resilience" are available for continued learning online.

Finally, we encourage you to save the date for our HHR Africa 2016 conference which will take place in Nairobi on 22-23 November.

We look forward to engaging with you on these themes and more over the coming months!

The CHS Alliance Team

Latest news

High engagement with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS)
Humanitarian leaders and decision makers at the first ever WHS committed to applying the CHS as a way to improve humanitarian effectiveness, as captured in the Secretary General's summary report. Read the statements of support here. The CHS Alliance participated in a number of events at the summit which you can read more about here.
CHS animation in English, French & Spanish
The CHS Alliance is excited to launch its first animation in three languages. This short animation gives an overview of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability and its Nine Commitments.
Free e-learning on the CHS
Want to learn more about the CHS at your own pace, from anywhere in the world? Try the new CHS online learning course, developed in partnership with the HLA, Sphere Project, Groupe URD and IECAH.

New resources

Case study: Concern Worldwide - community participation in CAR
In March 2016, Concern Worldwide carried out a contextual analysis in the Central African Republic (CAR). This case study profiles how the organisation applied CHS Commitment 4 by carrying out community communication, participation and feedback.

New report: Nepal Earthquake 2015 - Review of surge practices
This report presents the results of the first tracking mechanism of the humanitarian surge response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake as part of the Start Network Transforming Surge Capacity Project. The report identifies best practices, lessons learned and innovations.

Revised self-assessment tool & improvement plan guidelines 
A revised self-assessment tool is now available for organisations measuring their application of the CHS. We have also developed improvement plan guidelines to help organisations who have carried out a self-assessment, to develop and implement an improvement plan. 

CHS Alliance community of practice (CoP)
This is an online support group for organisations applying the CHS in different humanitarian and development contexts, as well as for organisations planning or conducting a self-assessment. The group is managed online through Slack.  If you would like to join this group email Michel Dikkes.

Resources from HHR Europe
This year's Humanitarian Human Resources (HHR) Europe conference took place in Barcelona in early June and explored the theme of organisational resilience: HR at the frontline. Speaker presentations, blog posts and additional resources such as videos are now available on our website.

Case study: Transforming surge capacity through training
This case study examines the process of designing and piloting surge capacity training as part of the Start Network’s Transforming Surge Capacity project that aims to transform surge by redirecting emphasis from an internationally-led focus to a regional and local one.

Upcoming events

Investigations workshop
30 Aug-2 Sept 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
This four-day workshop demonstrates how to conduct fair, thorough and confidential investigations into complaints of staff misconduct, with a focus on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of affected populations.

Book now

PSEA Conference
5 Sept 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
This free conference is intended for managers, human resources (HR) specialists and key decision makers in the field of PSEA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) working in the humanitarian and/or development sector worldwide.

Book now

Save the date: HHR Africa 2016
22-23 Nov 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
Our Humanitarian Human Resources (HHR) Africa conference will take place in Nairobi. The event will address the theme of organisational resilience through the principles of leadership, culture, people, systems, and settings.

More details

Latest blogs

Accountability to affected people can’t possibly be bad – or can it?
By Lotte Rupert & Andrea Binder
Calling for regime change and a participation revolution, humanitarians are again committing to take accountability to affected populations to the next level. But would the full implementation of these demands have unintended side effects? GPPi's Andrea Binder and Lotte Ruppert discuss in this guest blog.

Does the humanitarian sector have a problem with sexual violence?
By Lucy Heaven Taylor 
Humanitarian response should represent the very best of human nature. However, our behaviour doesn’t always reflect this high ideal. Following International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on 19 June, this blog asks: does the humanitarian sector have a problem with sexual violence?

How can we debrief aid workers effectively?
By Emily Tullock
Should our organisations provide debriefing for aid workers either after a critical incident, or on return from an overseas assignment? What does debriefing actually involve and what’s the best way to go about it? I recently joined a workshop in London on debriefing aid workers to find out.

Working with local NGOs: Addressing the gaps
By Nurhaida Rahim
This blog discusses working with local organisations and supporting their capacity development. We know it is important to engage with local organisations and we want local NGOs to expand, strengthen, grow and be leaders. The reality on the ground can sometimes present stumbling blocks.

CHS Alliance in the news

National staff: Eight ways to support the 90-plus percent
People are key to the success or failure of humanitarian response, yet the sector still manages and rewards staff as if we don't know this reality, according to David Loquercio, head of policy, advocacy and learning at the CHS Alliance.
Read the full Devex article.

How standards help humanitarian actors do the right things
Humanitarian standards help governments, communities and the humanitarian system at large put people affected by crisis or conflict at the centre of humanitarian response, but not without challenges.
Read the ReliefWeb report.

CHS now available in Ukrainian 

The latest language version of the CHS is available thanks to the hard work and commitment of the Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum, International Renaissance Foundation, NGO Forum Ukraine and UNOCHA.

Read more

CHS endorsed at WHS

Humanitarian leaders and decision-makers highlighted the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) as a way to improve humanitarian effectiveness during the World Humanitarian Summit, May 23-24 in Istanbul.

Read more

 CHS available in Haitian Creole

The CHS is now available in Haitian Creole thanks to the Haiti Accountability Learning Working Group who translated the Standard to support humanitarian actors working in the country with the quality and accountability tool.

Read more

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