Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard

Course format
Course length
2 days


This two-day workshop can help to:

  • Introduce staff to the agency’s commitment to the Core Humanitarian Standard;
  • Assist senior staff to make decisions regarding membership of CHS Alliance;
  • Train staff in the practical application of CHS Alliance’s commitments in their specific context;
  • Bring agency and implementing partner staff together to develop joint approaches to improving quality, accountability and people management.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wishes or needs to learn more about the Core Humanitarian Standard.

Course content

  • Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard, background and key features
  • Humanitarian principles
  • Sessions on each of the nine commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard
  • The verification framework

Pre-workshop assignments and background reading

Participants are asked to read the Core Humanitarian Standard and the accompanying Guidance Notes & Indicators in preparation for the workshop. There are no other pre-workshop assignments for this workshop.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate accurately between the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, independence, and neutrality, and explain their importance;
  • List the nine commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard and explain how each contributes to the delivery of a quality humanitarian response;
  • Give examples of good practice drawn from their own experience, from other participants and more widely from the sector;
  • Act as advocates and peer leaders on the importance of quality, accountability and good people management in humanitarian action;
  • Facilitate introductory training on the Core Humanitarian Standard within and/or beyond their own organisations.

Course fees

The course fee includes facilitation, course materials, lunch and refreshments during the days of the course, and a course completion certificate. The course fee does not include the cost of overnight accommodation or travel to and from the training venue.

Swiss Francs (CHF) Full members Associate & non-members
Open workshop (per participant)
Standard rate 500 700
Small agency rate** 250 350
Sole-agency workshop (for a maximum of 25 participants)
Rate 5000 7000


* For bookings made earlier than eight weeks before the starting date of the course, & settled within 15 days of the date of the invoice

**A small agency is one with an annual expenditure of less than 5 million Swiss francs.

Programme guide

Day 1: Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard; Humanitarian principles; Commitment 1 Appropriateness & relevance; Commitment 2 Effectiveness & timeliness; Commitment 3 Strengthening local capacities; Commitment 4 Participation & information sharing.

Day 2: Commitment 5 Complaints mechanisms; Commitment 6 Coordination & complementarity; Commitment 7 Learning & improvement; Commitment 8 People management; Commitment 9 Resource management; The Verification Framework; Action planning.