ERU hospital Jordan. Cargo plane from Germany. Maya Helwani (Canadian Red Cross) and Kai Kettunen. Photo: Mikko Vähäniitty.

ERU hospital Jordan. Cargo plane from Germany. Maya Helwani (Canadian Red Cross) and Kai Kettunen. Photo: Mikko Vähäniitty.


On this page you can view a list of any upcoming events or key meetings relevant to SCHR. You can also access and download SCHR documents and other key humanitarian documents, codes and standards. We have also shared some links to other humanitarian networks, policy organisations and think-tanks. Please contact us if there’s something else we should add.



SCHR meetings

4 - 5 March: SCHR Working Group meeting (hosted by IFRC in Geneva)

12 - 13 March: SCHR Principals meeting (hosted by Caritas Internationalis in Rome)

18 June: SCHR Working Group meeting (Hosted by ACT Alliance in Geneva)

19 June: Misconduct Disclosure Scheme Mid-term Review of Implementation Meeting

31 October - 1 November: Joint SCHR Principals and Working Group meeting (hosted by ICRC in Geneva)



Participation Peer Review

This December 2017 report presents the findings of the peer review of participation practices undertaken by SCHR members as the first step toward meeting the goal they agreed to collectively in May 2016:

In 5 years-time, participation of people affected by crisis in humanitarian response decisions that concern them has become a concrete reality. SCHR will make this happen by demonstrating and communicating best practice, strategies and approaches

Impartiality Review

In 2012 and 2013, SCHR members worked together to design and test an approach to define and measure the application of humanitarian principles, with a focus on the principle of impartiality. This principle was chosen as it carries the fundamental objective for humanitarian action that resources and responses are prioritised and allocated according to actual humanitarian needs and as SCHR members want to maintain and demonstrate a common ground for action rooted in this principle.

The findings from this initial work were finalised in January 2014. They are available in English and Spanish.

SCHR Peer Review on Accountability to Disaster-Affected People

SCHR Peer Review on Accountability to Disaster-Affected Populations: an Overview of Lessons Learned - Jan 2010

Civil Military Relations

SCHR Position Paper on Humanitarian-Military Relations - Jan 2010


The Misconduct Disclosure Scheme

The Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector 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 “Misconduct”, meaning sexual harassment, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, during employment. It complements the work that organisations are already doing as part of their recruitment processes.

This scheme ensures that all organisations who sign up to it work to a common minimum exchange of relevant sensitive information, while respecting applicable legal and regulatory requirements. By so doing it contributes to organisations’ work to prevent and address the consequences of sexual harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse in the humanitarian and development sector.

Organisations committed to this scheme hope that it can be a good start and the basis from which to explore further collaborative approaches.

Scheme Explanatory Notes

Date Privacy Impact Assessment (DPIA) - The purpose of a DPIA is to help analyse, identify and minimise data protection risks of a project or plan. It is a key part of accountability obligations under the GDPR. The DPIA does not have to eradicate all risk but should help minimise and determine whether the level of risk is acceptable in the circumstances, considering the benefits of what you want to achieve.  Conducting a DPIA is a legal requirement for any type of processing that is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals.  It can reassure individuals that you are protecting their interests and have reduced any negative impact on them as much as you can.  Conducting and publishing a DPIA can also improve transparency and make it easier for individuals to understand how and why you are using their information). This DPIA follows the UK format, but it can be used as basis from which a DPIA can be developed and adapted for another country.

The Core Humanitarian Standard  on Quality and Accountability (CHS)

The Core Humanitarian Standard specifies what people affected by crisis can expect from good humanitarian action and what this entails for the organisations and their staff involved in the response.  

The Code of Conduct

Commonly known as the Code of Conduct, this is a set of guiding principles for organisations involved in humanitarian activities, written in 1994. IFRC keeps a public record of all the humanitarian organisations that become signatories of the code.

Code of Conduct Video (English)

Code of Conduct Video (French)

Code of Conduct Video (Spanish)

Principles of Partnership

SCHR (alongside NGO consortia ICVA, InterAction and VOICE) represented NGOs in developing the Global Humanitarian Platform, “Principles of Partnership (PoP). The Principles and various translations and tools can be found here.

Inter Agency Steering Committee (IASC) Resources

SCHR is a standing invitee of the IASC. As such it contributes to the developpement of its guidance and tools. All IASC resources can be found here


Other Links

Below are external links to some of our partner networks and other useful humanitarian references.