DCA was well represented at the CHS Alliance General Assembly and Learning Event, on November 3 and 4 in Geneva. We are delighted that Martha Nemera Woyessa, Executive Director of the Women Support Association (WSA) (245.63 kB) and member of DCA’s Board Advisory Committee (representing our partners in Ethiopia) was elected to the CHS Alliance Board, along with many other solid candidates from local organisations as well as the ACT Alliance.
In addition to electing the next Board and mapping out strategic priorities, participants were invited to re-think humanitarian aid with the Core Humanitarian Standard, in a day headlined: “A disruptive Standard?” Lisa Henry, DCA’s Humanitarian Director, was there, active and advocating for bringing youth and innovation into localisation and contextualisation of the CHS.
Erik Johnson, DCA’s Head of Humanitarian Response, presented the Listen Learn Act project on a “Closing the loop” panel with Nick van Praag from Ground Truth Solutions, Roslyn Hees from Transparency International who presented the CREATE project and Vicky Murtagh from Christian Aid (who presented the Nepal Aftershocks video).
The discussion that followed focussed on aspects of closing feedback loops and opening conversations about increasing quality, accountability and reducing corruption.
It explores what quality and accountability means in practice, on the front line of humanitarian assistance where humanitarian standards like Sphere and the CHS come together. In Geneva, where the CHS Alliance asked us to reflect and share experiences on using the CHS, Nik Rilkoff ran an information table on LLA, answering questions about the approach and launching the first LLA learning report, “Checking the heartbeat of humanitarian assistance” along with its author, Andy Featherstone.
To download a copy of the report, find out more about Listen Learn Act, or take a new online course on applying the Ground Truth Constituent Voice methodology to quality, accountability and the CHS, search for Listen Learn Act on DCA’s very own ACT LEARN platform.