DRC certification under Core Humanitarian Standard

In spring 2017, The Danish Red Cross decided to undergo a certification process for under the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) in 2017. CHS is established as a standard for good practice in humanitarian organizations. CHS set sets out Nine Commitments ensuring humanitarian action to be relevant, timely, strengthening local capacity, based on communication and participation, addressing complaints, coordinated, ensuring humanitarian actors to learn and improve, and for staff to be supported and treated fairly while safeguarding that resources are managed responsibly.

The main objective of the certification is to make sure that we comply with good practice and also to improve our praxis where needed. Moreover, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will eventually make the CHS certification a requirement for the organizations with strategic partnerships.

The CHS process entails a self-assessment by the Red Cross to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses against the CHS Commitments. Our self-assessment will then be examined by two so called CHS accountants. This self-assessment is due August 28th and the accountant will then visit the DRC HQ on September 26-27th as well as our humanitarian projects in Lebanon and Madagascar during the two first weeks of October. As soon as we receive the results of the accountants' examination, we will identify what kind of action we wish to take during the coming two years.