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Humanitarian Standards Partnership



The Humanitarian Standards Partnership is a collaboration between the world’s leading standards setting initiatives which aims to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian action through the increased application of humanitarian standards.




Why Establish the Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP)?

The Partnership is designed to enhance the linkage between standards, eliminating the duplications, advocating collaboratively, and improving the accountability to the people affected by the emergencies.

The Partnership will increase the application of humanitarian standards through:

  • Increased coherence among standards
  • Increased effectiveness of outreach

The Partnership emcompases a common foundation of

  • The Humanitarian Charter
  • The Protection Principles
  • The Core Humanitarian Standard
  • Minimum Standards

For more detailed information on the background of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, visit here.


What role does INEE play in the HSP?

The use of the INEE Minimum Standards as part of the HSP will help to ensure crucial linkages are made at the outset of an emergency - through multi-sectoral needs assessments, followed by joint planning, and a holistic response. Used together, INEE and other agencies under the HSP will improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by crisis and enhance the accountability of disaster preparedness and response. For an effective education response, close collaboration between education and other sectors is essential - such as water supply and sanitation, food security and nutrition, shelter and settlements, health action, education, child protection, livestock management, economic recovery, and market analysis.


HSPapp: The go-to mobile application for humanitarian standards

To provide easy and remote access to the HSP minimum standards, a mobile application was launched in the Fall of 2017 and is free of charge for the public. The application includes the full set of humanitarian standards and will make it easier for users to move between standards. The app will provide online and offline modes and will be available for Android, Apple, and Windows devices. Release is expected in Fall 2017.


Current partners in the HSP


The Sphere Handbook 

(The Sphere Project)


Livestock Emergency Guidelines & Standards 



Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery 



Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action 

(The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action)

Minimum Economic Recovery Standards 

(Seep Network)


Minimum Requirements for Market Analysis in Emergencies 

(Cash Learning Partnership)



For more information on the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, please contact [email protected].