Putting the CHS into practice - discussion at the Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week


Different users face different challenges in putting the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) into practice. We will address these users, describe some of the typical challenges they face (e.g. time and money, impact of partnership agreements, complementarity with other standards, institutional vs operational policy) and discuss tools and solutions on how to apply the CHS in their specific environments.

Date and venue:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
International Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva, Rue de Varembé 17, 1211 Genève (CICG website: http://www.cicg.ch).


A number of thematic stations will be organised throughout the day. Participants - in their assigned groups - will move during the day from one thematic station to the other, thus exploring six different thematics. Be part of this exciting journey: learn from peers, share your experience and contribute to the discussions. Throughout the day you will have opportunities to explore synergies and foster collaborations with other actors and initiatives.


  1. Register to the HNPW to ensure venue access card: register here
  2. Join the kick-off meeting on Wednesday 7 at 9AM in Room 1, get assigned to a group and navigate through the selected thematic stations.
  3. Learn more about the detailed agenda: Inter-Network Day Agenda


Bonnaventure Sokpoh, Head of Policy, Advocacy & Learning, CHS Alliance

Bonaventure Gbétoho Sokpoh has been working in the humanitarian and development sector for 20 years, conducting humanitarian programme evaluation and operational research, building monitoring systems, and designing and facilitating training sessions in Africa, Asia and Caribbean. His main subjects include the Participation of Affected People in Humanitarian Action, Quality and Accountability, Resilience, Early Recovery, Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD), food security in crisis and post-crisis situations, and sustainable livelihood.

Before joining the Alliance, he worked with Groupe URD and was the coordinator of its Observatory of Humanitarian Practices in Chad from 2009 to 2012. Bona contributed to the elaboration of several tools and handbooks, such as the Quality COMPAS, ALNAP and Groupe URD’s Participation Handbook for Humanitarian Field Workers. Most of his policy, research and evaluation work has involved various stakeholders including donors (ECHO, EU, DFID), RCRC movement (IFRC, ICRC, British Red Cross, etc.), UN agencies (WFP, UNICEF, UNDP, OCHA), and NGOs (Oxfam, Action Against Hunger, Dan Church Aid, Danish Refugee Council, Christian Aid, Secours Catholique, Solidarités International).

Michael Carrier, Quality & Accountability Advisor, Groupe URD 

Michael Carrier contributes to the humanitarian sector’s Quality and Accountability initiatives and accompanies organisations to help them adopt a continuous improvement approach. He has Masters Degrees in International Relations, Business Management and Organisational Quality Management. He has 15 years’ of experience working on improving the impact of aid on crisis-affected people and communities, having held a variety of operational, administrative and technical positions, both in the field and at HQ level. His work has focused specifically on programmes to reduce armed violence and to support people with disabilities. His working languages are French, English and Serbo-Croatian. He is currently Quality & Accountability Advisor at Groupe URD. 

Pierre Hauselmann, Executive Director, HQAI

Pierre Hauselmann is Swiss francophone. He is the first Executive Director of the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative; an NGO created to provide independent quality assurance in the humanitarian and development sector.Pierre holds a MSc. in environmental management from the London University, with a focus on NGO management and auditing. Before being at HQAI, he was Head of Verification at HAP International and then at CHS Alliance. He moderated the writing group that developed the final version of the CHS. 

Pierre has 25 years of experience in ethical standard development, certification and verification. He is a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and collaborated with a number of schemes in the sustainable development sector, including Fairtrade and Social Accountability International. He participated as technical expert in the development of several ISO standards on environmental management in representation of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International.