Welcome to Sphere Srilanka
The Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response are a remarkable international initiative aimed to improving the effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian assistance.
Basic human rights of those affected by calamity and conflict is frequently not upheld. Born out of this concern, the Sphere project was launched in 1997 by a group of humanitarian NGOs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.
The project began by developing a handbook with two significant parts, a Humanitarian Charter and a set of universal minimum standards in core areas of disaster response.
The cornerstone of the project is the Humanitarian Charter, which is based on international treaties and conventions emphasizing the right of disaster affected people to - life with dignity.
The purpose of the standards is to improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by disasters, and to enhance the accountability of humanitarian aid in disaster response. The standards define the general requirements for life with dignity and are accompanied by indicators that provide qualitative and quantitative measures to relevant standards. The minimum standards seek to describe the level of disaster assistance to which all people has a right – regardless of political, ethnic or geographical specificity.