Using the Sphere Standards in Urban Settings
Applying humanitarian standards in urban settings has been a challenge for a long time. The recent blast in the harbor of Beirut is yet another example. The urban context has consequences for the disaster management: communities are fluid and complex, with perhaps hidden groups (refugees, IDPs), great socio-economic differences and probably a big amount of first responders, self-organization and self-recovery.
Trainer: Aninia Nadig, Policy and Practice Manager of Sphere.
Starting point for this pilot training was the recently updated guide ‘Using the Sphere Standards in Urban Settings’, which can be found here.
Primary target groups for the training were professionals working in needs assessment, programme design and management of humanitarian response (head quarters and country offices). The pilot training was also useful for a wider range of staff, including government officials and humanitarian personnel who find themselves confronted for the first time with a humanitarian crisis in urban areas.
Learning goals of the pilot training were:
- An introduction in the specific context of urban disaster responses
- How to apply the Sphere Standards in urban contexts
- Preparedness: how can you prepare as an INGO the Sphere standards (including the Core Humanitarian Standards) in urban disaster responses.