Sphere Handbook 2018 edition first draft out for consultation – what is new and how can you contribute?

Following an intensive initial review process, the first draft of the Sphere Standards 2018 edition is now open for comments and suggestions from practitioners around the world.

To provide an opportunity to learn about the main improvements and how you can contribute to the process, PHAP will host an online briefing session on 27 April. This will be an opportunity to hear directly from the lead chapter authors and the Sphere secretariat and ask questions about the process.

The lead authors and writing teams have been working with their review groups across six chapters to create the framework for the revised standards. The first draft moves the standards from a text-heavy format to a clearer table style which draws out indicators, thresholds, and targets and encourages the reader to think more about context. Common terminology is being used to build greater consistency across chapters. Drivers of future humanitarian response, such as cash transfer programming, urban response, and environmental concerns, are grouped and woven throughout them.

Read more about the event and register at https://phap.org/27apr2017

You can access the drafts and the surveys on the following links:

The deadline for your input on this draft is Monday, 6 November


The Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, is one of the most widely-used references in the humanitarian sector. Since its first full edition was published in 2000, the process of development and consensus building has always been as important as the product and handbook itself. The document sets out minimum standards which cover life-saving areas of humanitarian response, as well as the common principles, legal and ethical considerations, and core responsibilities on which they are grounded.

Following two revisions in 2004 and 2011, these standards are being updated again to reflect the evolving needs of people affected by crisis. A new version of the Handbook will be published in 2018 following comprehensive research and consultations in which Sphere is partnering with PHAP to help strengthen the revision process through targeted surveys.



Geneva Humanitarian Connector

PHAP's suppot for this process is organized in line with the aims of the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.