Sphere Project 2017

Project completed

Sphere has been the leading supporter of humanitarian standards since 1997. Over nearly two decades, the Sphere project standards have evolved into a common language across the humanitarian sector with a set of minimum standards guiding humanitarian assistance. Sphere is also a force for collaboration among quality and accountability initiatives.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Climate change and environment
Humanitarian efficiency
Protection, access & security
Disaster risk reduction DRR
01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017
CHF  100’000
Background It is widely recognized that humanitarian actors need to be more accountable for what they do, humanitarian assistance needs to be principled and standardized to ensure the most timely and effective assistance in each humanitarian response. In humanitarian action, globally, there is an acknowledgement that not doing so often results in programmes that fail to adequately address priority needs.
Objectives Sphere’s goal, through its standards, is to allow all people affected by disaster or conflict to re-establish their lives and recover their livelihoods in ways that respect and promote their dignity.
Target groups All humanitarian practitioners and stakeholders
Medium-term outcomes Sphere by 2020 sets about to transform Sphere from a project into a vigorous, deeply connected network of practitioners and organisations which will act as a global catalyst for humanitarian quality and accountability.

Expected results:   The revision of the Sphere handbook is the main output planned for 2017. It aims to include up to date developments, cash transfers, multi-sectoral programming approaches, and a contextualization of t1.he standards to protracted conflict or urban environments.

Results from previous phases:  

  • Sphere has become a leading supporter of humanitarian standards grounded in rights, evidence and best practice at field level.
  • Sectors have joined as Companion Standards to Sphere for the areas of Education, Child Protection, Livestock and Livelihoods, Economic Recovery, and most recently in the use of cash.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Other partners
CHS Alliance, Groupe URD, CaLP
Coordination with other projects and actors Sphere minimum standards for humanitarian response complement the Humanitarian Charter’s established legal and ethical framework; the Protection Principles legal framework for strategies and actions to ensure protection and assistance are equal pillars in any response; and the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) which describes the processes and approaches fundamental to an accountable response.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    100’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    100’000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   740’000
Project phases Phase 13 01.01.2024 - 31.12.2025   (Current phase) Phase 12 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2023   (Completed) Phase 10 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)

Phase 9 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)