The Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response. 4th Edition

Author: Sphere Association

Year: 2018

Publisher: Sphere Association

The Sphere Project, now known as Sphere, was created in 1997 by a group of humanitarian non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Its aim was to improve the quality of their humanitarian responses and to be accountable for their actions. The Sphere philosophy is based on two core beliefs:

  • People affected by disaster or conflict have the right to life with dignity and, therefore, the right to assistance; and
  • All possible steps should be taken to alleviate human suffering arising out of disaster or conflict.

The Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards put these core beliefs into practice. The Protection Principles inform all humanitarian action, and the Core Humanitarian Standard contains commitments to support accountability across all sectors. Together, they form The Sphere Handbook, which has developed into one of the most widely referenced humanitarian resources globally

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