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The CHS Alliance and the World Humanitarian Summit


By Alex Jacobs 22/09/2015

Alex Jacobs is the Director of Programme Quality at Plan International. He is a member of the Task Team on Humanitarian Effectiveness for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, and blogs at ngoperformance.org.


Alex Jacobs, Director of Programme Quality, Plan International, spoke at the London launch of the CHS Alliance, discussing the importance of working together to make the most of the World Humanitarian Summit. He shares his speaking notes in this guest blog post.


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World Humanitarian Day 2015 - Share Humanity


By Emmanuelle Lacroix 19/08/2015
Human Resources Services Manager

Today is World Humanitarian Day - a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work and commemorate those who have lost their lives. CHS Alliance Human Resources Services Manager shares her thoughts on what it means for her.


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Practicing what we preach – accountability and reporting on complaints


By Lucy Heaven Taylor 14/08/2015

Lucy Heaven Taylor is an accountability and PSEA specialist with 17 experience in the sector. She advises and supports a range of NGO and UN clients such as Oxfam, World Vision and the CHS Alliance at Head Office and field level. Her PSEA experience includes advising on strategy, conducting investigations, and training on prevention and investigations. She leads the CHS Alliance’s Investigating Complaints of SEA training in a range of global locations.


The humanitarian and development sector calls on others to be transparent, and in return is becoming more and more stringent about its own accountability. But not all of us are comfortable with the idea of reporting on complaints. Lucy Heaven Taylor asks: What are we afraid of?


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How the Core Humanitarian Standard can contribute to humanitarian effectiveness


By David Loquercio 07/08/2015
David Loquercio is the Head of Policy, Advocacy and Learning at the CHS Alliance.

The CHS Alliance's 2015 Humanitarian Accountability Report looks at the relationship between effectiveness and accountability across a variety of perspectives; decision making, national NGOs and government, humanitarian principles, verification and people management are some of the lenses that are taken by the 13 authors of the publication.


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Making the most of the World Humanitarian Summit


By Alex Jacobs 29/07/2015

Alex Jacobs is the Director of Programme Quality at Plan International. He is a member of the Task Team on Humanitarian Effectiveness for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, and blogs at ngoperformance.org.


Preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) are heating up. The vast consultation process is coming to an end. I’ve been closely involved in work on ‘community engagement’ and accountability to affected people. Can you help strengthen recommendations in this area?


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Talent management: Tips to ensure you have the right talent and use it well


By Jonathan Potter 24/07/2015
Jonathan Potter is the Executive Director of People In Aid.

That manager sitting in the corner of your office: is he any good? New research from Gallup says there is, frighteningly, only a 10% chance of that (though slightly higher if the manager is female). And this is because employers select managers with the right talent in just 18% of their appointments. Gallup’s key word in this worrying failure is talent: you need to appoint a manager based on their talent as a manager, not because of past successes, their technical excellence or as a reward for long service.


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Central African Republic and the hidden survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse


By Lucy Heaven Taylor 29/06/2015
Lucy Heaven Taylor is an accountability and PSEA specialist with 17 years experience in the sector. She advises and supports a range of NGO and UN clients such as Oxfam, World Vision and the CHS Alliance at Head Office and field level. Her PSEA experience includes advising on strategy, conducting investigations, and training on prevention and investigations. She leads the CHS Alliance’s Investigating Complaints of SEA training in a range of global locations.

Sexual exploitation and abuse in emergency settings has hit the news once more, with reports that children have been sexually assaulted by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). As the French Government launches a criminal enquiry, it is clear that many of the survivors of the alleged abuse are boys. Lucy Heaven Taylor asks whether we are doing enough in the humanitarian sector to identify and support male survivors of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA).


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Accountability in action - the people management perspective


By Emmanuelle Lacroix 18/06/2015
HR Services Manager

Following the launch of the CHS Alliance in Nairobi, our HR Services Manager, Emmanuelle Lacroix, took part in a field visit organised by our colleagues at ActionAid Kenya. The purpose was to see accountability in action and hear feedback from community members, the main stakeholders of the quality and accountability agenda. Emmanuelle shares her thoughts on the experience from a people management perspective.


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