A global initiative to improve aid worker standards is seeking input from InterAction members and others who work in humanitarian crises.
The survey calls on all aid groups and personnel to share their views on the “use, relevance and future of standards.”
Following the rise of a more professionalized NGO sector, the JSI collaboration brought together Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), People in Aid and the Sphere Project to establish common guidelines for all field staff. This was a response to an increased proliferation of standards across the industry, with some estimates that seventy
standards initiatives had been formed to ensure quality and accountability in aid work.
The focus is now on refining a coherent set of principles, shared among all humanitarian organizations and consistently applied.
In recent years, other consultations have taken place to evolve the standards landscape. In 2011, the Sphere Project released a handbook
expanding the operating principles of humanitarian standards to include protection for civilians. The previous year saw HAP release its own charter
dealing with the broad issues of accountability and quality in humanitarian activities.
The new survey asks participants to share their experiences of working under existing standards, using the feedback to better shape the standards agenda.