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Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

References and further reading

Chapter sources

People-centred humanitarian response

Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project (2007), Impact Measurement and Accountability in Emergencies: The Good Enough Guide. Oxfam Publishing. Oxford.

Human Accountability Partnership (HAP) International (forthcoming), Standard in Accountability and Quality Management. Geneva.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) (2007), IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Geneva.

Coordination and collaboration

Global Humanitarian Platform (2007), Global Humanitarian Principles of Partnership. A Statement of Commitment Endorsed by the Global Humanitarian Platform. Geneva.

IASC (2008), Guidance Note on using the Cluster Approach to Strengthen Humanitarian Response. Geneva.

IASC, Global Cluster Approach:

IASC and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (2008), Civil-Military Guidelines and Reference for Complex Emergencies. New York. UN-CMCoord/publications">

OCHA (2007), Guidelines on the Use of Foreign Military and Civil Defence Assets In Disaster Relief – “Oslo Guidelines”. Rev. 1.1. Geneva.


IASC (2003), Initial Rapid Assessment (IRA) Guidance Notes for Country Level. Geneva.

IASC (forthcoming), Needs Assessment Task Force (NATF) Operational Guidance for Needs Assessments.

Ushahidi mobile phone-based information gathering and sharing:

Design and response

Conflict Sensitivity Consortium:
Early Recovery Tools and Guidance:

IASC (2006), Women, Girls, Boys and Men: Different Needs – Equal Opportunities (The Gender Handbook in Humanitarian Action). Geneva.

Provention Consortium (2007), Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Guidance Note 9. Geneva.

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) (2005), Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. Geneva.

Performance, transparency and learning

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) (2009), 8th Review of Humanitarian Action. Overseas Development Institute (ODI). London.

Collaborative Learning Projects (2007), The Listening Project (LISTEN). Cambridge, Mass.

Groupe URD (2009), Quality

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (1999), Guidance for Evaluation of Humanitarian Assistance in Complex Emergencies. Paris.

Aid worker performance

People In Aid (2003), The People In Aid Code of Good Practice in the Management and Support of Aid Personnel. London.

World Health Organization, World Vision International and War Trauma Foundation (forthcoming), Psychological First Aid Guide. Geneva.

Further reading

Assessment and response

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) (2008), Joint Assessment Mission Guidelines. 2nd Edition. Rome.


Action for the rights of children (ARC) (2009),

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and The Sphere Project (2009), Integrating Quality Education within Emergency Response for Humanitarian Accountability: The Sphere–INEE Companionship. Geneva.

Disability Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children (2008), Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict-affected Populations: A Resource Kit for Fieldworkers. New York.

Handicap International, Disability Checklist for Emergency Response.

Environment Joint United Nations Environment Programme and OCHA Environment Unit:

Kelly, C (2005), Guidelines for Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disasters. Benfield Hazard Research Centre, University College London and CARE International. London.

UNHCR and CARE International (2005), Framework for Assessing, Monitoring and Evaluating the Environment in Refugee-related Operations: Toolkit for practitioners and managers to help assess, monitor and evaluate environmental circumstances, using mainly participatory approaches. Geneva.

UNHCR and International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 2005. UNHCR Environmental Guidelines. Geneva.


WFP (2009), WFP Gender Policy. Gender and Disaster Network:

HIV/AIDSIASC (2010), Guidelines for Addressing HIV in Humanitarian Settings. Geneva.

Older peopleIASC (2008), Humanitarian Action and Older Persons – an essential brief for humanitarian actors. Geneva.

HelpAge International:

ODI (2005), Network paper 53: Assisting and protecting older people in emergencies. London.

Performance, monitoring and evaluation
ALNAP Annual Review (2003), Humanitarian Action: Improving Monitoring to Enhance Accountability and Learning. London.

ALNAP (2009), Real Time Evaluations of Humanitarian Action (Pilot Version). London.

Catley, A. et al. (2008), Participatory Impact Assessment. Feinstein International Center, Tufts University.

Groupe URD (2009), Quality COMPAS Companion Book.

OECD (1999), Guidance for the Evaluation of Humanitarian Assistance in Complex Emergencies. Paris.

Further information on evaluation (including training modules) and approaches to learning can be found on ALNAP:

TargetingInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2003), World Disasters Report 2003 – Chapter 1: Humanitarian ethics in disaster and war.

UNISDR (2001), Countering Disasters, Targeting Vulnerability. Geneva.