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The Sphere Project: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

Published:
1 January 2011
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Global
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The Sphere Project: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

The Sphere Handbook is a voluntary code and a self-regulatory tool for quality and accountability. The Handbook structure reflects Sphere’s aim to firmly anchor humanitarian response in a rights-based and participatory approach. The Sphere Project has consciously opted for the Handbook not to be prescriptive or compliance-oriented, in order to encourage the broadest possible ownership of the Handbook. The Handbook does, however, have a specific place within the broader realm of humanitarian action, which goes beyond providing immediate relief and covers a spectrum of activities that starts with disaster preparedness, then includes humanitarian response, and finally extends into early recovery. As a reference tool, the Handbook is useful in both the disaster preparedness and the early recovery phases which conceptually ‘frame’ humanitarian response but in reality need to be considered simultaneously.

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