Background / Context

Sphere and six other humanitarian standard initiatives formally joined to establish the Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP). The aim of the Partnership is to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian action across all sectors and a harmonised approach to support users in the application of standards.

As part of its roles as a one of the accredited Focal Points in Africa for Sphere Standards, the Centre for Humanitarian Analytics (CHA) spearheads adoption of comprehensive humanitarian quality management systems. The CHA organises online and on-site Humanitarian Standards training opportunities, participate in the dissemination of the Sphere Handbook, humanitarian documentaries, and outreach activities in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and other African countries. It also runs advocacy activities calling for an increased application of humanitarian standards incountries across Africa.

Despite the existence of Sphere and Humanitarian Standards Partnership, most African countries do not have well-coordinated and standardized interagency humanitarian actions which distils bestpractices into a set of voluntary principles that guide the ongoing practice by humanitarian organizations and individuals.

Our Solutions

(1) Quality and Accountability groups:

Promote local, national and regional Q & A groups to periodically reflect and cross-learn humanitarian standards to better influence humanitarian response, building greater ownership by individuals, communities and organizations.

(2) Humanitarian short-course Trainings:

Based on a strategic forecast of the future of humanitarian skills reaching ten years into the future, to roughly the year 2030, CHA attempts to prepare the humanitarian actors (including academia, military, local and national authorities) by delivering humanitarian quality and accountability standards through Online Certificate Courses (in collaboration with Universities), E-Learning courses, Institutional Learning Initiatives & Humanitarian Standards on-site and online workshops.

(3) Documentaries:

CHA will periodically share short films (documentaries) that communicate the complexities of humanitarian crises from an African perspective. The documentaries serve to educate and inform people about humanitarian crises, policy and action, so that they can critically engage with the short films, and hopefully also with the ways humanitarian crises in Africa are either being addressed or neglected.

(4) Handbook Revisions & Translations:

Excellence in humanitarian action is also subject to appropriate technical and material support to the humanitarian actors. CHA commits to translate the Humanitarian Standards Handbooks into local languages friendly to the users in the region.

(5) Handbook Revisions & Translations:

Develop and advocate for an accreditation system of humanitarian practitioners to fully professionalize the sector.

(6) Humanitarian Performance Monitoring:

CHA seeks to critically measure the performance of humanitarian responses in line with the Core Humanitarian Standard as a guiding framework.

Target outcomes

Humanitarian actors and first responders have greater capacity to put humanitarian principles and standards into practice, upholding the rights of vulnerable and affected communities.

1500

Quality and Accountability Handbooks distributed

1247

Humanitarian works Trained

95

Sphere Standards Training events