Putting the communities we serve at the heart of humanitarianism

Participants in the MENA CHS workshop held in June 2022. Photo: MECC

In June 2022, ACT Alliance members in Lebanon convened for a two-day training course on the Core Humanitarian Standard. Rizwan Iqbal, Global Quality and Accountability Officer, led the workshop for 14 participants, and was supported by Interim MENA Regional Representative, George Majaj.

The energising course gave participants a deeper understanding of the Humanitarian Principles, Code of Conduct, Complaint Response Mechanisms and the Structure of the Core Humanitarian Standard. With a number of participatory elements, members were able to discuss and apply these principles and standards to their context.

Participants reflected on the contextual challenges of implementation in Lebanon. In a country where a number of complex and intersecting crises are being experienced, the workshop emphasised how CHS can provide a framework for ensuring key actions and organisational responsibilities are delivered.

The practical sessions provided the foundations for ACT members to further integrate and implement Humanitarian Principles and CHS into their project cycles. 

ACT Board Member, Dr. Rima Nasrallah, joined the workshop on the second day to further emphasise the importance of Quality and Accountability in the work of the ACT Alliance. As Rizwan Iqbal underscored, “we are working with humans” and thus quality and accountability cannot be reduced to a ‘tick box’ exercise. The Core Humanitarian Standard is a framework, which promotes a process that puts the communities that we serve at the heart of humanitarianism.

You can visit the Core Humanitarian Standard Fabo page for a short introduction and online training module: https://fabo.org/dca/Core_Humanitarian_Standard_Training_Course .