CORE Humanitarian Standards - Guidance Notes and Indicators

Publication language
Date published
01 Jan 2015
Plans, policy and strategy
Accountability and Participation, Complaints and feedback mechanisms, Development & humanitarian aid, Engaging with affected populations, humanitarian action, Standards
Use in Humanitarian Programme Cycle
All phases of the HPC

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. It also facilitates greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis: knowing what humanitarian organisations have committed to will enable them to hold those organisations to account.

The CHS places communities and people affected by crisis at the centre of humanitarian action and promotes respect for their fundamental human rights. It is underpinned by the right to life with dignity, and the right to protection and security as set forth in international law, including within the International Bill of Human Rights.