Local and International Standards

Local and International Standards

CARE is a signatory to internationally accepted humanitarian standards and codes of conduct, CARE maintains active participation with a variety of internationally recognized aid organizations, with United Nations agencies and in committed platforms working to uphold best practices and standards, to improve humanitarian action and to influence humanitarian policy. These include:​

CARE International engages in the following platforms to improve humanitarian policies and actions:

  • The Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) Alliance formed in 2015 by the merger of HAP International and People In Aid, leads and facilitates the development, promotion and maintenance of the CHS. As a member of the CHS Alliance, CARE takes leadership in establishing functional accountability mechanisms for crisis affected people in general and women and girls in particular. CARE is dedicated to aligning its own Humanitarian Accountability Framework to the CHS principles.
  • The Sphere Project is based on two core beliefs: Firstly, that all possible steps should be taken to alleviate human suffering arising out of calamity and conflict and secondly, that those affected by disaster have the right to a life with dignity and therefore a right to assistance. (Note: Since 2015, the Core Humanitarian Standard has replaced the Sphere Project Core Standards.)
  • Charter4Change: An initiative led by both national and international NGOs to practically implement changes to the way the humanitarian system operates to enable a more locally-led response. See their 2020 annual report here.
  • The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) is a network supporting the humanitarian sector to improve performance through learning, peer-to-peer sharing and research.
  • Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) coordinates humanitarian assistance and advocates for a clear division of responsibility between the various aspects of humanitarian aid.
  • International Council for Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) a global network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that advocates for effective humanitarian action.
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