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Do we need a Centre for Safeguarding Excellence? Take a few minutes to share your opinion!

Following the Safeguarding Summit in March 2018, DFID’s Safeguarding Unit is funding a scoping study on whether to develop a Centre for Safeguarding Excellence. Within this context, please take ten minutes to answer a survey on the need for a safeguarding centre of excellence to support humanitarian and development organisations. The survey will be open until Monday, 16 July.

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Two years on, Grand Bargain signatories highlight importance of CHS and self-assessment process

In the second independent report since the signature of the Grand Bargain in May 2016, the majority (52%) of signatories reported actions against commitment 6.3., which aims at strengthening local dialogue and harnessing technologies to support more agile, transparent but appropriately secure feedback. Many aid organisations highlighted their implementation of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS), specifically commitments 4 and 5.

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Find out about our complaints mechanism

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) requires that organisations should welcome and address complaints. As part of our collective accountability, the CHS Alliance has two separate mechanisms through which complaints can be made against our members and our Secretariat.

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How are we doing - and what could we do (even) better?

We have commissioned an external evaluation of our work over the last 2.5 years, since we came into being. If you would like to tell us how you think we are doing and what we could improve to better serve our members and the wider sector, please send us an email to:

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IASC refers to CHS as good practice to tackle SEA and SHA

In a paper summarising actions undertaken to prevent, investigate, and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment and abuse (SHA), the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) referred to the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) and, more specifically, to the self-assessment tool and its PSEA score.

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MEDAIR's alignment with CHS helps make communities more resilient

Commitment 3 of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) states: “People in crisis can expect that they are not negatively affected and are more prepared, resilient, and less at-risk as a result of humanitarian action.” The Care Group Model (CGM) aims to prepare communities and build resilience through positive behaviour change messaging and encouragement.

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CWSA facilitates CHS training for IMC in Pakistan

Community World Service Asia (CWSA) facilitated three workshops on the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) for International Medical Corps (IMC) in April and May 2018. Since IMC is a member of the CHS Alliance, it is strongly commited to applying the Standard to improve the quality and effectiveness of their programmes.

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Member of the Month: Concern Worldwide

This month we are putting Concern Worldwide in the spotlight. As a member of the CHS Alliance and Ireland’s largest humanitarian organisation, Concern continuously strengthens and expands systems and processes to ensure accountability across its programmes.

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Digitalising Complaints Response Mechanism in Somalia

In a bid to improve its Complaints and Response Mechanism (CRM), Concern Somalia decided to digitise the process through the use of Digital Data Gathering. This led to the generation of real-time information which had to be handled in a well-coordinated manner in order to deal appropriately with sensitive and non-sensitive issues.

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A big welcome to UNRWA Spain, our newest member!

United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Spain was established in 2005 as the first UNRWA Committee worldwide. Its main objectives are to raise awareness among the Spanish population about the situation of Palestinian refugees and to help the refugee population reach the highest standards of human development.

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Be the consultant who evaluates the achievements of the CHS Alliance

We are seeking a consultant to document and provide critical analysis of CHS Alliance's achievements with regard to the Alliance's Statutes, and to assess the results of the merger between HAP International and People in Aid. The consultant will also assess our progress towards the achievement of our objectives and goals, and give input on our current strategy. Interested? Please sumbit your application by Monday, 28 May. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 8 June.

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CHS Alliance appoints Tanya Wood as Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of the CHS Alliance, Robert Tickner, Chair, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tanya Wood as the future Executive Director of the Alliance. “I am delighted to welcome Tanya to the CHS Alliance, she will take over from Judith F. Greenwood in September this year,” said Robert.

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