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Tracking humanitarian surge response: from the Nepal earthquake to the Rohingya crisis


By Glenn O'Neil 20/06/2018
Glenn, founder of Owl RE consultancy, is a researcher and evaluator with over 20 years of experience in the humanitarian sector. He is a co-researcher for the Transforming Surge Capacity Project.

Over three years, the Transforming Surge Capacity Project tracked six crises to see how surge practices were changing. The last tracking report, 'The Rohingya Crisis' has been recently published, and on this occasion this blog reviews and highlights the main surge trends.


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How can mindfulness improve humanitarian aid? - Coffee with Hitendra Solanki, Action Against Hunger UK


By Hitendra Solanki 22/05/2018
As Mindfulness & Wellbeing Adviser, Hitendra has led a three year pilot project for the Start Network’s Transforming Surge Capacity programme, funded by DFID. Joining Action Against Hunger UK in 2009, his most recent role was Partnerships & Programmes Manager, until taking up the current wellbeing role in January 2015.

On the occasion of Mental Health Awareness Week, we caught up with Hitendra to talk about why it is crucial to pay attention to the mental health of humanitarian staff, and how mindfulness and stress management can improve their wellbeing. As the Mindfulness & Wellbeing Adviser for Action Against Hunger UK and the Start Network, Hitendra has led a three-year pilot project for the Start Network’s Transforming Surge Capacity programme, funded by DFID.


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#humtech - a brief introduction


By Balint Hudecz 11/04/2018
Balint Hudecz is the CHS Alliance's Communications Officer.

#Tech, a buzzword which stands for our recent ongoing technological revolution, steadily finds its way to the humanitarian sector. The aim of this blog - the first of a series that will explore possible innovation and new technologies to align with the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) - is to give a general overview of the state and history of humanitarian technologies.


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Never has it been more important to apply the Core Humanitarian Standard


By Judith Greenwood 15/02/2018
Judith F. Greenwood is the Executive Director of the CHS Alliance.

In the last few days news reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian aid workers in Haiti have shocked our sector. These reported cases show just how vital it is to apply existing standards and use all available tools. For the CHS Alliance it underlines yet again how essential it is to continue to promote and apply the Core Humanitarian Standard and support our members and the wider humanitarian community to do so.


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Training is not the “magic” formula but the line manager is


By FAYE EKONG 08/02/2018
Faye Ekong is the Director for Human Resources, Learning & Development at Action Against Hunger USA. She is a SHRM Senior Certified Practitioner committed to learning, professional development and continuous improvement and dedicated to advancing the HR profession in the non-profit sector to play a stronger role in shaping organizational strategy and contributing to organizational success.

What actually makes training stick after the curtains have closed, the certificates are issued and the participants have departed? How come some trainings have more of an impact than others? Faye shares the magic formula in this blog.


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In 2018 take care of yourself and your staff - and achieve (even) better results!


By Katy Murray 24/01/2018
Katy Murray is the co-founder of Catalyst Collective, creating inspirational resources for world changing women. Her work supports you to thrive while leading at your best and getting the best out of your people.

Stress, exhaustion and burnout are preventable, and as a leader it’s a key part of your responsibility and commitment to the Core Humanitarian Standard, particularly commitment 8, which recommends that ‘staff are supported to do their job effectively and are treated fairly and equitably’. In order to live up to this commitment, it is important to pace yourself and model healthy working practices for your teams.


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Planning a self-assessment in 2018? Here are 14 tips from fellow members!


By Geneviève Cyvoct 15/12/2017
Geneviève Cyvoct is the CHS Alliance's Senior Quality & Accountability Officer.

In June 2017 we organised a webinar to collect learnings and recommendations from our members who have completed their self-assessment process. Here is what we learned from our members Mission East, CARE International, Concern Worldwide and the British Red Cross. Thank you for these very helpful tips!


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How do we perform in our own application of the Core Humanitarian Standard?


By Geneviève Cyvoct 14/12/2017
Geneviève Cyvoct is the CHS Alliance's Senior Quality & Accountability Officer.

With the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) at the heart of our mandate and the motto “practise what you preach” in mind, we went through our own self-assessment against the CHS. In this blog, Geneviève, who spear-headed the process, explores how we went about it, what we found out, and how we could improve our performance.


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Can affected people’s perceptions help us improve programming?


By Grethe Markussen 11/12/2017
Grethe Markussen is humanitarian advisor & CHS Coordinator with Save the Children Denmark. She was the Listen Learn Act Project Coordinator for Save the Children Denmark, one of three Consortia member, during project implementation.

In this blog, Grethe Markussen introduces three videos produced by the Listen Learn Act (LLA) Project to show how perceptional surveys bring NGOs new insight about programme quality and accountability to affected people.


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Do you ever feel like something is holding you back? Resilient organisations start with resilient people.


By Katy Murray 20/11/2017
Katy is a coach, organisational development consultant and facilitator with 20 years experience in the NGO and commercial sectors. Together with Fiona Smith, she has recently founded Catalyst Collective to create and share inspirational resources for change-making women.

Whose voices are being heard in your agency? How can each of us shift from holding back to stepping up? In the run-up to HHR Asia, Katy Murray, the founder of Catalyst Collective, invites participants to take a 'confidence cocktail' mini-course to help them reflect on these issues.


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Seven ways to help curb corruption in the humanitarian sector


By Geneviève Cyvoct 07/11/2017
Geneviève Cyvoct is the CHS Alliance's Senior Quality & Accountability Officer.

There are no specific figures on how much humanitarian aid is lost to corruption, but it definitely undermines humanitarian response. The synthesis report of the Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies (CREATE) initiative underlines that collective action is needed to combat corruption effectively. We identified seven ways in which the CHS supports transparency and, as such, helps curb corruption in the humanitarian sector.


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Our road towards Commitment 8 - rethinking performance management


By Faye Ekong 03/11/2017
Faye Ekong is the Director for Human Resources, Learning & Development at Action Against Hunger USA. She is a SHRM Senior Certified Practitioner committed to learning, professional development and continuous improvement and dedicated to advancing the HR profession in the non-profit sector to play a stronger role in shaping organizational strategy and contributing to organizational success.

In this blog, Faye Ekong, Director for Human Resources, Learning & Development at Action Against Hunger USA, shares her organisation's experience in setting up a new and more efficient way of doing performance management.


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Can HR professionals help boost the localisation of aid response?


By Sam Wakefield 05/10/2017
Sam Wakefield is the CHS Alliance's HR & People Management Thematic Lead

On 21 and 22 September HHR Europe was held in Helsinki, where 72 participants came together from different organisations to discuss the challenges related to the localisation agenda. The theme of this year’s HHR Europe Conference was ‘As local as possible; as international as necessary. The role of HR in enabling the localisation of aid response’.


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Global Learning Forum: 'Meeting everyone made everything fall into place'


By Lauren McWilliams 15/09/2017
Lauren McWilliams is Project & Events Officer with CHS Alliance. She has been managing the coaching component of the Talent Development Programme.

The Global Learning Forum hosted by Oxfam from 4 until 8 September was a unique opportunity for the different actors of the Talent Development Project to share their learnings from the past three years. Lauren McWilliams reflects back on the forum and shares what she took out of it.


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Developing professional certifications for humanitarian practitioners


By Markus Forsberg 04/08/2017
Markus Forsberg manages the Collaboration Center for the Recognition of Skills, Experience, and Learning. He has worked with PHAP since 2012, focusing on member services and platforms. He has professional experience in IT management and development from the private sector and NGOs, as well as with government, EU, and UN actors.

In April this year, the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) launched an exciting new program with the support of CHS Alliance and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.


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The impact of the CHS on US higher education


By Tom Arcaro 28/07/2017
Tom Arcaro is a professor of sociology at Elon University, North Carolina, and founder of Elon's Periclean Scholars program. He has been researching and studying aid and development issues for nearly two decades and most recently published 'Aid Worker Voices' (2016). He is currently working on a second book tentatively titled 'Local Aid Worker Voices.' He is also working on implementing a vetting system for community-based learning (both domestic and international) that will ensure the highest ethical pedagogical practices. You can read his blogs at: blogs.elon.edu/aidworkervoices.

Tom Arcaro, a professor of sociology at Elon University, North Carolina, tells us about his experience in adopting the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) in US higher education.


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Post-Manila reflections: strengthening competency-based people management in the Philippines


By Samantha Wakefield 28/07/2017
Samantha Wakefield is CHS Alliance's HR and People Management Thematic Lead

The extent of the use of competency-based approaches is mixed in the Philippines. Upon her return from Manila, Samantha Wakefield, CHS Alliance's HR and People Management Thematic Lead, reflects on the way ahead to further introduce and strengthen competency-based people management in the humanitarian and development sectors in the Philippines.


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Grand Bargain: participation (r)evolution?


By Ann Vaessen 11/07/2017
Senior Communications Officer at CHS Alliance

One year after the Grand Bargain was endorsed, the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI), with the involvement of the CHS Alliance, released its Independent Grand Bargain Report, taking stock of the progress made to date. In this blog, Ann gives an overview of the report's main findings.


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