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Promoting Humanitarian Standards with Cartoons

The Sphere Project is an initiative that brings together many of the world’s largest and oldest humanitarian agencies with the aim to  improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian assistance to people affected by disasters or conflicts.

To this end, the Sphere Project establishes and promotes a series of humanitarian principles and minimum standards in key areas of humanitarian aid (such as water, health, shelter and food). These principles and standards are made available through the Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.

The Sphere Handbook is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards for the delivery of quality humanitarian response. - www.SphereProject.org


Cartoon Movement and the Sphere Project are teaming up to spread even further the awareness of the Humanitarian Charter and the Handbook amongst humanitarian actors, using cartoons.

On Monday, 29 October we're launching a newsroom asking our cartoonists to submit work on the importance of standards of quality and accountability in humanitarian assistance.

The cartoons will focus on the values and principles defined by the Humanitarian Charter , which provides the ethical and legal backdrop to the standards in the Handbook. They will also show the situation when these principles and values are not applied.

Third partner in the project is the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) in Geneva, which will help us decide the final selection of cartoons that will be used in the campaign.


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