Humanitarian Resources

The Humanitarian Principles in humanitarian action

Humanitarian action is regulated by binding and non-binding international humanitarian and human rights law, as well as the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.

Humanity: Human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.

Neutrality: Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Impartiality: Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, making no distinctions on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinions.

Independence: Humanitarian action must be autonomous from the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actor may hold in relation to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.

Links & Resources

Overview of the International Humanitarian Architecture: how Ngo can engage? Source: International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

Quick guide for local and national organizations on humanitarian coordination and cluster approach. This guide was produced by Translators without Borders in collaboration with the Global Education Cluster Localization Task Team and with funding from Save the Children.

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability 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. It also facilitates greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis: knowing what humanitarian organisations have committed to will enable them to hold those organisations to account.

CHS Alliance forms one of the largest and most influential networks of organisations committed to improving humanitarian and development work through the application of standards

Humanitarian Response info is provided by UN OCHA to support humanitarian operations globally

ACAPS is an independent specialists in humanitarian needs analysis and assessment

ALNAP is a unique system-wide network dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability

The Sphere Handbook Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

What is the Cluster Approach? Clusters are groups of humanitarian organizations, both UN and non-UN, in each of the main sectors of humanitarian action, e.g. water, health and logistics. They are designated by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and have clear responsibilities for coordination.