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22/10/2018

Mainstreaming PSEA in the employment cycle


At the Safeguarding Summit our Executive Director, Tanya Wood, participated in a panel on preventing transgressors entering the aid sector by looking at the employment cycle. Moderated by Jonathan Potter, former Executive Director of People in Aid, the panel was also joined by Steve Reeves, Director of Safeguarding at Save the Children, Kate Halff, Executive Secretary of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Affairs (SCHR) and Paul Stanfield, Director of Organised and Emerging Crime at INTERPOL.

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22/10/2018

CHS Alliance supports CAFOD’s learning culture


The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) is a standard that requires constant improvement. It pushes for change, not only at our institutional policy level, but demonstrable change in our programmes and with the people we serve. As such, we can – and should – expect that sometimes organisations will find that they still have more work to do on some areas, and this is a welcome part of the learning process.

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22/10/2018

Safeguarding Summit – Putting People First: highlights and take-aways


On 18 October DFID’s Safeguarding Summit brought together more than 500 people to address sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in the aid sector. NGOs, government representatives, private sector, donors and international organisations joined survivors and victims to jointly commit to a thorough, ‘generational’ change in the way our sector tackles the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).

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22/10/2018

Humanitarian community in Chad discusses accountability toward crisis-affected populations


The CHS Alliance and Ground Truth Solutions (GTS) undertook a joint visit to N’Djamena, Chad, from 23 September to 2 October within the framework of a joint project. Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the project aims at collecting the points of view and priorities of affected people in order to monitor the alignment of the Humanitarian Response Plan 2017-2019 for Chad with the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).

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04/10/2018

How change happens in the humanitarian sector – CHS Alliance launches flagship report


On 1st October the CHS Alliance, in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), launched the 2018 edition of the Humanitarian Accountability Report (HAR) in Geneva. Two years after the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, at which the humanitarian sector committed to substantial changes, the Alliance’s flagship report sheds light on what has happened, what not and why.

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20/09/2018

Are you aware of your staff diverse security needs?


As employers, aid organisations have a duty of care to take all reasonable measures to protect their staff from foreseeable risks. EISF’s new research paper - “Managing the Security of Aid Workers with Diverse Profiles” - unpacks the challenges aid organisations face when trying to manage the security of aid workers with diverse personal profiles.

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01/09/2018

Towards collective accountability in Chad


How is the humanitarian response in Chad going? What do affected people and aid workers think? Are the right things being done in the right way? Ground Truth Solutions and the CHS Alliance have just released the first round of results of perception surveys with approximately 1,600 affected people and 400 aid workers.

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28/08/2018

Member of the Month: Islamic Relief Worldwide


This month we are putting Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) in the spotlight. As a founding member of the CHS Alliance and the largest Muslim organisation in the world, IRW constantly strives to promote and strengthen accountability and quality across their global operations. Affirming their commitment towards accountability, they conducted a self-assessment in 2016 and certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) in May 2017.

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27/08/2018

Islamic Relief Bangladesh: learning from experience and responding to complaints


Ensuring that people and communities have access to accurate, understandable information about the aid provided and the aid provider is the first step in enabling them to make a decision, create opportunities to voice their opinions and see this taken on board. Islamic Relief takes community participation and complaint mechanisms seriously, in line with Islamic Relief Worlwide's commitment to the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).

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27/08/2018

Islamic Relief Syria: streamlining the CHS throughout the project cycle


Since Islamic Relief's certification against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) in 2017, their colleagues in Syria have invested significant resources to embed the CHS into their policies and operations at the field level. Spearheading the application of the Nine Commitments of the CHS, the Monitoring and Evaluation Team undertakes a whole series of activities throughout the project cycle.

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27/08/2018

Islamic Relief Mali: information-sharing, communication, participation and feedback


Since the roll-out of Islamic Relief Worldwide's Complaint Handling Policy and Complaint Management Guidance Pack, which includes the requirement to share information with affected people and communities about the projects being undertaken, Islamic Relief Mali has been developing a robust complaint handling mechanism focusing on information sharing, communication, participation and feedback.

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27/08/2018

"This is necessary to ensure moral stability within my household"


Halimata is married, with five children - two girls and three boys. She used to live in Boni, a village in the commune of Douentza Circle. In September 2014 she was internally displaced and nowadays she lives with her children in the Gourma Rharous Cercle of Timbuktu, Mali. She shares her experience with IRW's Food Assistance and Voucher Programme.

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22/08/2018

Islamic Relief Kenya: 7 tips to boost community participation


The active participation of affected people and communities is a key commitment for Islamic Relief. Their office in Kenya demonstrates this throughout their project cycle. As community participation requires a willingness to encourage those affected by crisis to speak out and influence decisions, IR Kenya emphasises the importance of sharing information, listening carefully to communities and getting them involved in decision-making.

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16/08/2018

IHSAN, a 'one stop shop' for quality and accountability


As part of their commitment to quality and accountability, Islamic Relief Worldwide has developed a 'one stop shop' quality and accountability framework. Called IHSAN, which means excellence in Arabic, the new framework integrates the various internal and external standards that guide the agency's work.

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16/08/2018

Leave No One Behind: Islamic Relief’s Intersectional Approach to Programming


Who are the most vulnerable people? What do they need most urgently? Anyone who has worked in a humanitarian context knows how intricate it is to fully understand the complexity of affected people's needs. This is why Islamic Relief turned to ‘intersectionality’, a theory that enables them to analyse and address the intersection of various social disadvantages that result in inequitable access to social services and accumulated vulnerability.

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26/07/2018

Project FAIR: new research and online toolkit


Project FAIR continues to build on research and is in the process of developing an online toolkit for organisations that are considering reviewing their reward system, to help walk them through various things to think about before deciding what is appropriate for their organisation.

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