As part of its certified membership in the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, DanChurchAid is required to have a comprehensive humanitarian quality management system. DCA uses the Sphere Standards as the foundation of all its quality assurance in its humanitarian response.
Sphere standards help aid workers determine the minimum level of quality in humanitarian aid, providing both a description of what’s required, quantitative indicators to help determine if these are met, and guidance notes as to how agencies should work with communities, in 4 key sectors: water and sanitation, health, food security, and shelter.
The Sphere project is comprised of 3 elements: a handbook which describes the minimum standards, a process of dialogue amongst humanitarian professionals about what the standards should be, and a project of disseminating Sphere to those working with disaster-affected communities in the field.
In addition to the standards, the Sphere Handbook also includes key documents establishing ethical principles that humanitarians must adhere to, including the Code of Conduct for Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements and Non-Government Organisations in Disaster Response, as well as The Humanitarian Charter.
In the field where disaster affected people are struggling to rebuild their lives, Sphere can play a vital role in a number of different ways. For example, in the context of a water and sanitation and hygiene operation in a refugee camp setting, Sphere could be used to: