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Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

References and further reading

International legal instruments

The Right to Adequate Housing (Article 11 (1) Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), CECSR General Comment 4, 12 December 1991, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1981); Article 14(2)(h).

Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990); Article 27(3).

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1969); Article 5(e)(iii).

International Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1954); Article 21.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948); Article 25.


Corsellis, T and Vitale, A (2005), Transitional Settlement: Displaced Populations. Oxfam. Oxford.

Davis, J and Lambert, R (2002), Engineering in Emergencies: A Practical Guide for Relief Workers. RedR/IT Publications. London.

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) (2010), Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery. New York.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) (2008), Shelter Projects 2008. IASC Emergency Shelter Cluster. Geneva.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) (2010), Owner-Driven Housing Reconstruction Guidelines. Geneva.

IFRC/United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) (2010), Shelter Projects 2009. IFRC. Geneva.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) (2006), Handbook on the Implementation of the UN Principles on Housing and Property Restitution Rights for Refugees and Displaced Persons (The “Pinheiro Principles”).

ProVention Consortium (2007), Tools for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction: Construction Design, Building Standards and Site Selection, Guidance Note 12. Geneva.

United Nations Disaster Relief Organization (UNDRO) (1982), Shelter After Disaster: Guidelines for Assistance. Geneva.

UNHCR (2007), Handbook for Emergencies. Third Edition. Geneva.

OCHA (2010), Shelter after disaster: strategies for transitional settlement and reconstruction. Geneva.

World Bank (2010), Handbook for Post-Disaster Housing and Community Reconstruction. Washington.

Temporary communal settlement

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) (2010), Collective Centre Guidelines. Copenhagen.

NRC (2008), Camp Management Toolkit. Oslo.


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

Kelly, C (2005), Checklist-Based Guide to Identifying Critical Environmental Considerations in Emergency Shelter Site Selection, Construction, Management and Decommissioning. ProAct Network and CARE International.

UNHCR (2002), Environmental Considerations in the Life Cycle of Refugee Camps. Geneva.

WWF and American Red Cross (2010), Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit for Humanitarian Aid. Washington DC.

Cash, vouchers and market assessments

Albu, M (2010), The Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis Toolkit. Practical Action Publishing. Rugby, UK.

Creti, P and Jaspars, S (2006), Cash Transfer Programming in Emergencies. Oxfam. Oxford

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)/IFRC (2007), Guidelines for cash transfer programming. Geneva.


Handicap International, Disability Checklist for Emergency Response.


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

Psychosocial support

IASC (2007), Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Geneva.

Schools and public buildings

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, INEE, World Bank (2009), Guidance Notes on Safer School Construction.

Non-food items/emergency items

IASC Emergency Shelter Cluster (2007), Selecting NFIs for Shelter. Geneva.

IASC Task Force on Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in humanitarian settings (2009). Decision Tree Diagrams on Factors Affecting Choice of Fuel Strategy in Humanitarian Settings. Geneva.

ICRC/IFRC (2009), Emergency Items Catalogue. Third Edition. Geneva.

IFRC/Oxfam International (2007), Plastic Sheeting: a guide to the specification and use of plastic sheeting in humanitarian relief. Oxford.

Inter-Agency Procurement Services Offices (2000), Emergency Relief Items: Compendium of Generic Specifications. Vols 1 and 2. United Nations Development Programme. New York.

OCHA (2004), Tents: A Guide to the Use and Logistics of Family Tents in Humanitarian Relief. Geneva.