WELCOME TO SCHR
SCHR: improving the quality, effectiveness and accountability of aid efforts
The Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response – SCHR – is a voluntary alliance of nine of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations. They share an aim, and work together, to improve the quality, effectiveness, accountability and impact of aid efforts for people affected by crisis.
The scale and reach of members’ work means that SCHR can provide unique insights on what is working well in aid efforts, what needs improvement and what can be done to ensure that aid efforts will have the most positive impact for people affected by crises. SCHR focuses its work on three segments, a field programme-led agenda, a proactive quality and accountability agenda and an agenda focused on interaction with the United Nations.
Certification Review – Initial findings and recommendations
Between February and June 2014, we field-tested the key assumptions of our proposed certification model in four countries, with the aim of identifying if certification could add value to an organisation’s work, and whether it could be made sustainable.
The paper available here, provides an initial outline of the project's main findings and makes some recommendations on a model. It also outlines the remaining tasks to be completed by the end of the project in September.
How Certification relates to the Core Humanitarian Standard
Following many questions and concerns about how these two closely related projects are working side-by-side, we have drawn up a two-page description and table that explains clearly how and where the objectives and expected outcomes for each project connect.
If you still have questions, please ask the project team.
Recent News & Events
CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROJECT: Steering Group Meeting, July
CERTIFICATION REVIEW: Pilot Studies
CERTIFICATION REVIEW & THE CHS PROCESS: How they relate to each other?
This note outlines how the SCHR-sponsored Certification Review project and the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) process intend to work together as they move forward with their respective research and consultations with stakeholders.
CERTIFICATION PILOT STUDIES: Methodology overview
This field research will help us understand the practical implications of certification for organisations: could it reinforce quality and accountability systems and could certification contribute (or not) to improving humanitarian action. The research will not be an assessment, evaluation or audit of participating organisations, but a consultation with stakeholders.
VERSION TWO CERTIFICATION MODEL: Available for feedback
Please send us your feedback by 31st March
This revised version (also in SP or FR) responds to your feedback. We have organised the proposed core assessment criteria around three pillars: 1) Humanitarian Principles; 2) Accountability to Affected People; and 3) Quality, Effectiveness and Learning, and uses a limited number of key indicators.
This version will be used as the basis for the field research phase of the project... READ MORE >
CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROJECT: Steering Group Meeting, December
Following review of the responses received on the draft Certification Model, the project Steering Group met mid-December to review the project’s progress, provide guidance on incorporating inputs and agree on the next steps. The project will continue with its original guiding principles of open and transparent participation, and will continue to build upon any other relevant processes. The focus of the continued work will be on the content and process required for a successful, sustainable model.
The December meeting summary report is available here.
TOP 10 QUESTIONS? The Certification Team respond
What were the top 10 recurring questions that we received in your feedback on the draft certification model? The project team respond on issues that were not clear in the draft model:
1. What is the purpose of certification?
2. Is this a new model? It looks very similar to existing models…
3. How does this link to the Core Humanitarian Standard?
4. Why is the draft model limited to assessing the principles of humanity and impartiality?...
CERTIFICATION MODEL: Feedback Available
The Certification Project team are happy to have received some 50 pieces of written feedback on the first draft proposed certification model for humanitarian organisations.
If you are interested in receiving a copy of the feedback, please send the team an email request.
The feedback has been incorporated into a revised draft, which will be shared soon.
HAP & SCHR LEARNING EVENT: Bangkok, 29-30 Oct., 2013
“Can certification contribute to humanitarian effectiveness?”
An event summary is now available to provide a flavour of the discussions and key findings.
The aim of the event was to share learning from on-going certification initiatives in the humanitarian sector and hear about quality assurance models in the private sector.