The Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) is a voluntary alliance of nine of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations, which come together to support quality, accountability and learning in humanitarian action.

The scale and reach of its members’ work means that SCHR can provide unique insights on what is working well, what needs improvement and what can be done to ensure that aid efforts have the most positive impact for people affected by crisis or people at risk of crisis. SCHR stuctures its work around operational policy, quality and accountability and interaction with the United Nations.


SCHR supports the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI) 

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HQAI’s mission is to provide the most suitable third-party quality assurance services for organisations that work with vulnerable and at-risk communities and, through this, incentivise consistent investments to improve the quality and accountability of their action.

Using the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) to strengthen safeguarding mechanisms

The CHS Alliance and the Humanitarian Quality and Accountability Initiative (HQAI)  join forces to reassure humanitarian stakeholders that the CHS and its Verification Scheme are delivering - and will continue to deliver - effective improvements for humanitarian action, including in the critical area of safeguarding.

The Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector has been finalised!

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This scheme establishes a minimum standard for humanitarian, development and other civil society organisations to share information as part of their recruitment process about people who have been found to have committed sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual harassment “Misconduct” during employment. For additional information please go to this website’s resources section.