Dorcas independently verified against the Core Humanitarian Standard

Dorcas is proud to announce that we have undergone verification against the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) by the independent auditing body HQAI. The process gives confidence to affected populations, donors, the public and other stakeholders that we are continuously improving the quality and accountability of our services. Quality and accountability are at the heart of our activities and this three-year process will help us assess and ensure the quality of our work, reduce the risk of mistakes and continuously improve our services – for the benefit of our organisation and, not least, the people we work for.

HQAI auditors measured whether Dorcas makes continuous progress in applying our CHS Commitments. The audit included a thorough process of document checks, reviews of practices as well as interviews with staff, affected communities and other local stakeholders.

The audit was an excellent opportunity for us to get insight in our strengths and weaknesses regarding CHS, and how we can further improve. The independent verification gives assurance that Dorcas is continuously improving its programming and operations. Based on the audit, Dorcas is able to further improve its commitment to quality and accountability for the benefit of those in need.

About Core Humanitarian Standard:
The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) is a globally recognised voluntary standard that sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide.

The CHS places communities and people affected by crisis at the centre of humanitarian action. As a core standard, the CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality humanitarian aid. It is a voluntary and measurable standard. The CHS is the result of a global consultation process. It draws together key elements of existing humanitarian standards and commitments.

The nine commitments of CHS

19 December 2022

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