The widely-used Sphere Handbook will undergo a revision process over the course of 2017. As part of its work to support critical policy and standards processes in the sector through bringing in practitioner voices, PHAP is happy to announce that it will be partnering with Sphere to help strengthen the consultation process for the revision.
Sphere establishes and promotes minimum standards by which the global humanitarian community responds to the plight of people affected by disaster or conflict. These standards, which cover life-saving areas of humanitarian response, as well as the common principles on which they are grounded are set out in the Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.
Last revised in 2011, a new version of the Handbook will be published in 2018. Following initial research and general consultations last year, the new revision process will begin in earnest in February. To make sure that the standards reflect consensus on best practice among practitioners, consultations will be launched later in the spring in various locations throughout the world, as well as through online surveys and events.
PHAP, as the individual-based professional association bringing together all parts of the humanitarian sector, hopes that both members of the association and its wider network will engage actively in this revision process to help build a more capable and accountable humanitarian ecosystem.
Detailed information about the revision process will be available soon at www.sphereproject.org/revision.