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26/03/2018

"Lean is hard work that makes everything easy" - A coffee with Andrew Parris, Medair, Switzerland


In our previous coffee with Andrew, he shared his ideas on how humanitarian NGOs can learn from the corporate world in the area of continuous improvement. This time, we caught him in Lebanon, where he is collecting data for Medair's self-assessment against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). He shares his thoughts on getting started with Lean, some of his favourite online resources and the training that he is offering to other NGOs.

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26/03/2018

Are your deployees prepared? - Open source surge competencies training available now!


Since the publication of the 2007 Review of Surge Capacity, the humanitarian sector has increasingly recognised the importance of collaborative and localised approaches to surge. Capacity of surge staff plays a crucial role in this. Yet all too often, the pressure to recruit staff quickly can result in agencies overlooking the skills and trainings required to effectively and efficiently respond to the needs of affected communities.

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21/03/2018

"To be accountable, we need the people we serve to tell us what works and what doesn’t" - Coffee with Mai Muhsen, Accountability Coordinator, NRC Jordan


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Jordan seeks to regularly engage with affected communities and ensure all feedback and complaints are received, addressed, followed up, and utilised to enhance the office’s understanding of the consequences of its programming. In order to increase impact, NRC launched in 2016 a centralised, transparent and widely communicated complaints, response and feedback mechanism (CRFM).

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19/03/2018

What NGOs can learn from the Corporate World - A coffee with Andrew Parris, Medair, Switzerland


In our previous coffee with Andrew, we explored the alignment between Process Excellence and the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). In this virtual coffee with Andrew, as he was on a ski vacation with his family in the Swiss town of Leysin, he shares his ideas on how humanitarian NGOs can learn from corporations in the area of continuous improvement.

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18/03/2018

Borderless 2018 – Linking travel risk mitigation with the Core Humanitarian Standard


On 8 March 2018, the second annual Borderless conference took place in London where the CHS Alliance was present to introduce the Core Humanitarian Standard to participating NGOs and stakeholders working in the field of travel risk mitigation. The general purpose of the conference was to bring together travel risk experts and the humanitarian sector to discuss the safety and well-being of humanitarian staff, and to learn about some of the services and solutions that are currently being offered.

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13/03/2018

Blog compilation: preparing for shock: is preparedness the new frontier?


Is investment in preparedness a good use of humanitarian funding? What are the best approaches to funding and programme design to ensure sustainable solutions and community leadership in preparedness programming? How can we inform future programming to ensure we have the right people with the right skills at the right place and time to prepare for and respond to disasters in the most appropriate way? Check out DEPP's blog compilation to learn more.

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05/03/2018

What do YOU think is the most important quality or competency a humanitarian worker should have?


Asa Lelei works with Action Against Hunger in Bungoma, Kenya, supporting a project called Systems Enhancement for Transformative Health (SETH), which focuses on building health systems. On the occasion of the release of the Core Humanitarian Competency Framework (CHCF) and a set of accompanying tools, including ready-made training modules and a video clip, we had a chat with him and asked what competency he considers essential as a humanitarian worker.

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05/03/2018

Using the CHS to strengthen safeguarding mechanisms - CHS Alliance & HQAI issue open letter


On the occasion of the Safeguarding Summit that is hosted by DFID and the Charity Commission in London today, Judith F. Greenwood, Executive Director of the CHS Alliance, and Pierre Hauselmann, Executive Director of the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI), issued an open letter to invite the sector to use the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) to strengthen safeguarding mechanisms.

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05/03/2018

Lively introductory workshop on the CHS in London


On our latest Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard workshop in London on 22-23 February, we were really pleased to welcome and work with colleagues from the Al-Khair Foundation, the British Red Cross, the CDAC Network, the Disaster Emergency Committee, the European Commission, Human Appeal, the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Plan International, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and Techo.

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26/02/2018

What do YOU think is the most important quality or competency a humanitarian worker should have?


Buke Dabasso is in charge of Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) at Action Against Hunger in Kenya. On the occasion of the release of the Core Humanitarian Competency Framework (CHCF) and a set of accompanying tools, including ready-made training modules and a video clip, we had a chat with her and asked what competency she considers essential as a humanitarian worker.

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21/02/2018

What do YOU think is the most important quality/competency a humanitarian worker should have?


Sylvester Kyuli is Head of the Western Kenya region at Action Against Hunger, covering 5 counties. On the occasion of the release of the Core Humanitarian Competency Framework (CHCF) and a set of accompanying tools, including ready-made training modules and a video clip, we had a chat with him and asked him what competency he considers to be essential as a humanitarian worker.

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20/02/2018

START Network and CHS Alliance to host “Sharing Good Practices and Learnings on Localisation” workshop


The CHS Alliance, together with the Start Network, will be hosting a one-day workshop on 13 March in Geneva to present and discuss the key findings of the end-or-project evaluation of Shifting the Power. The evaluation aims to assess the project's theory of change, according to which "a shift of power towards locally owned and led responses will contribute to a more balanced humanitarian system that delivers more effective and accountable humanitarian response."

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