Accountability to Disaster-Affected Populations A Peer Review by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response

Basic information

  • Type: Self-Assessment
  • Year established: 2008
  • Status: Active
  • Thematic area: Humanitarian / emergency relief
  • Summary: The SCHR is an alliance of eight major international humanitarian organisations and networks as well as UNCHR that among other issues, focuses on promoting accountability to disaster affected population through a peer review process. The review process, initiated in 2008, involves self-assessments, field and headquarters visits and discussions among CEOs to set priorities. The aim of the initiative is to bring about important and lasting changes – within organisations (in terms of ‘culture’ and capacities) and within individuals (in terms of their attitudes and capabilities).

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Contact details

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Areas addressed

  • Beneficiary / client / supporter participation:
    • General commitment to beneficiary participation
    • In all project cycle stages
    • In needs assessment
    • In project design
    • In implementation
    • In monitoring (during project)
    • In evaluation (ex post)

Further info: The Peer Review on accountability to disaster-affected persons is a learning exercise, to explore within and across agencies what works, what doesn’t, to stimulate ideas and take a fresh look at policy-practice work.

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Participation

  • Reasons for participation
    • Enhancing credibility, quality or reputation

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Compliance

  • Certification type: Peer
  • Evidence base: Desk & Field/site
  • Description of monitoring mechanism: The peer review process involves a self-assessment at headquarters level and in two selected countries. This is followed by two country visits by a review team where the self-assessments are probed and explored more fully. Agency staff, partners and persons affected by disaster are interviewed using different methods. Visits by the review team to the Headquarters then follow. Finally, the CEOs meet to discuss the findings, learning and recommendations, and to agree priorities.
  • Has sanctioning mechanism: No

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Assessment

The SCHR is one of a number of self-regulatory initiatives within the humanitarian and emergency relief fields that is focused on strengthening the accountability, performance and quality of NGOs. The niche filled by the SCHR peer review is in providing participating agencies with an opportunity to take stock of how the various tools and resources currently available for strengthening accountability to disaster affected populations are being used at headquarters and field levels.

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Similar initiatives

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB), Group URD

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