SPHERE Project 2019-2021
Since 1997, Sphere, as a network and as a global community, brings together a diverse range of humanitarian actors, including focal points, trainers, members and other users around a common goal, which is to improve outcomes for people affected by crisis, conflict and disaster and having the right to receive the best quality of principled and accountable humanitarian assistance wherever and whenever crisis strikes.
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Protection, access & security
- Open access to the most up to date and field tested standards, as well as a menu of learning tools which can be adapted to need and context, including Sphere and its companion standards partners
- Taking action through a partnership-based approach to strengthen implementation in practice, in different contexts, and to address different challenges
- A growing network of Sphere users who can share their own experience and learning directly, in real time, with peers.
- Sphere has launched its revised Handbook at the end of 2018, informed by the most inclusive and far-reaching consultation in its 20-year history.
- The organisation has also transformed its governance systems to ensure that the diverse users of Sphere are directly engaged in driving its strategic direction and priorities.
- Other international or foreign NGO North
|Background||As the number of emergencies continue to rise, and protracted crises persist, it becomes ever more vital to engage every actor to promote and protect the right to life with dignity. In a rapidly changing environment, with greater expectations and opportunities for accountability and the involvement of more diverse actors, it has never been more important to draw on our global collective potential for shared action to deliver real results.|
|Objectives||Sphere’s goal, through its standards and humanitarian charter, is to improve outcomes for people affected by crisis, to promote and protect the right to life with dignity and to ensure that the best standards and guidance are accessible to any humanitarian stakeholders, to reflect local practice and global evidence and to improve principled humanitarian action through quanlity and accountability.|
|Target groups||All humanitarian practitioners and stakeholders|
|Medium-term outcomes||The period 2019-2021 is a pivotal one for Sphere as it concludes its 2015-2020 strategic plan, works with an active global network to support the uptake and application of the revised Standards, and builds a dynamic and interactive approach to support all stakeholders. During this period, a new strategic plan is being developed to guide the organisation’s priorities, informed by learning and external analysis, including feedback received during the 2017-2018 Handbook revision process.|
An action-based framework has already been developed to guide work at all levels and to enhance Sphere’s contribution to the humanitarian sector for this period: Learn, Act, Connect.
This framework supports:
These activities are in line with Sphere’s goal to strengthen an inclusive, diverse, and dynamic community of purpose, based on shared commitments as reflected in the Handbook, as a key means of improving global humanitarian action, by all actors, for people affected by conflict, disaster, and other crises.
Results from previous phases:
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
CHS Alliance, CaLP, and members are ICVA, IFRC, HSP, WVI, ACAPS and many more.
|Coordination with other projects and actors||The Humanitarian Standards Partnership is hosted by Sphere and also includes: Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS, by alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action); Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS); Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (SEEP Network); Minimum Standards for Education (INEE); Minimum Standard for Market Analysis (CaLP); and Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for Older People and People with Disabilities (ADCAP).|
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 450'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 450'000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF 840'000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF 1'290'000|
|Project phases||Phase 10 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021 (Current phase) Phase 9 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017 (Completed)|