Humanitarian Standards

People affected by disaster or conflict have the right to receive protection and assistance and to ensure the basic conditions for life with dignity. Humanitarian standards are statements which describe the sets of actions needed so that crisis-affected people can enjoy this right.

What are Humanitarian Standards?

Humanitarian standards are developed by humanitarian practitioners with specific areas of expertise and are formulated based on evidence, experience, and learning. The standards are developed by consensus and reflect accumulated best practice at a global level. They are revised regularly to incorporate developments across the sector.

Humanitarian standards are a useful resource for practitioners to plan, implement, and evaluate humanitarian response. They provide a strong basis to advocate for the rights of crisis-affected communities. By applying them in preparedness and response operations, humanitarian agencies and practitioners make a commitment to quality and make themselves accountable to the populations they serve.

 

Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP)

HSP LogoThe Humanitarian Standards Partnership is a collaboration between the world’s leading standards setting initiatives which aims to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian action through the increased application of humanitarian standards.

The Partnership is designed to enhance the linkage between standards, eliminating the duplications, advocating collaboratively, and improving the accountability to the people affected by the emergencies.

Current initiatives in the HSP include:

What role does INEE play in the HSP?

The use of the INEE Minimum Standards as part of the HSP will help to ensure crucial linkages are made at the outset of an emergency - through multi-sectoral needs assessments, followed by joint planning, and a holistic response. Used together, INEE and other agencies under the HSP will improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by crisis and enhance the accountability of disaster preparedness and response. For an effective education response, close collaboration between education and other sectors is essential - such as water supply and sanitation, food security and nutrition, shelter and settlements, health action, education, child protection, livestock management, economic recovery, and market analysis.

For more detailed information on the background of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, visit here.

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Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS)

The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) provide a set of international guidelines and standards for the design, implementation and assessment of livestock interventions to assist people affected by humanitarian crises.

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Minimum Economic Recovery Standards

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SEEP Network

The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards are the internationally recognized consensus on best practices for building economic resilience for crisis-affected communities.

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Minimum Standards for Market Analysis

Published by
Cash Learning Partnership

The objective of the Minimum Standard for Market Analysis (MISMA) is to guide the work of humanitarian practitioners across sectors and to ensure that, irrespective of the tool used, the key standard of market analysis is being met. By supporting high-quality market analysis, the MISMA intends to contribute to improving response analysis and programme implementation.

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Minimum Standards for Age and Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Action

Published by
Age and Disability Consortium (ADCAP)

The Standards are intended to inform the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian programmes; to strengthen accountability to people with disabilities and older people; and to support advocacy, capacity-building and preparedness measures on age and disability across the humanitarian system.

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INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery

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Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

The INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery is the only global tool that articulates the minimum level of educational quality and access in emergencies through to recovery.

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Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (2012)

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Child Protection Working Group

The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action have been developed to support child protection work in humanitarian settings.

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Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (2019)

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Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

The 2019 Child Protection Minimum Standards handbook is a practical tool for humanitarian actors to join and lead child protection in humanitarian settings.

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Applying humanitarian standards to fight COVID-19

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Sphere Project

Coronavirus is spreading globally. How can individuals, communities, humanitarian actors, local and national authorities best respond to uphold the rights of all affected people? Sphere and its partner standards can guide our response.

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Humanitarian Standards Partnership

Published by
HSP

The Humanitarian Standards Partnership represents a commitment to harnessing international law, learning and evidence, and to use these to improve quality and accountability in humanitarian response. Included are various web and downloadable resources from HSP, including a brochure, blog, webpage, and mobile app. 

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INEE Minimum Standards Linkages to Sphere Minimum Standards

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Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

This document highlights the relationships between the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery and the Sphere Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response in order to provide a cohesive outline of an integrated, multi-sectoral response.

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Training Module on Key Humanitarian Standards

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Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
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LEGS, MERS and CPMS

This Basic Training module provides a basic introduction to the key humanitarian standards: Sphere, INEE, MERS, LEGS and CPMS. The module includes a PowerPoint presentation and trainers' notes.

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