Photo: Nektarios Markogiannis/UNMISS
The launch of the 2018 Sphere Handbook was held in Nairobi, in March this year. The Sphere Handbook is an aspirational document which sets out guidance for achieving minimum standards for response. It is also a practical tool developed by field practitioners, for field use. In addition, Sphere has just released an updated version of its comprehensive training pack to support humanitarian professionals wishing to learn more about Sphere and humanitarian standards, or those wishing to deliver training themselves.
The CHS sets out nine commitments which actors engaged in humanitarian response should follow to improve quality and effectiveness of their response, putting the community at the center of response. The CHS is a voluntary and measurable standard – its application can be objectively assessed, to measure the extent to which agencies have successfully applied the CHS requirements (also known as the "verification scheme"). The recently completed updates to the verification scheme include a review of the self-assessment and peer review tools and the roll-out of a new CHS Alignment Statement.
This new guide, developed by Save The Children UK, is intended to ensure a “structured sector and inter-sector decision-making process,” which brings together and draws on the information generated through different needs and operational environment assessments. The ROAP aims to facilitate the selection of appropriate, operationally feasible, and cost-efficient response options. It considers in-kind transfers, direct service delivery, vouchers, cash transfers, and combinations of those.