Round table: Are we making aid work better for people affected by crisis?

Last year, CHS Alliance published the Humanitarian Accountability Report 2020 which examined the degree to which organisations are meeting the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) Commitments. The report also documented broad trends and highlighted the need for further strengthening of policy and practice to increase the sector’s accountability to people affected by crisis.

In this session, we will bring together organisations supporting and using the CHS to share their experience on applying the standard and its contribution to making aid work better for people.

Join this session to discuss, challenge and contribute to:
– Where are we and we are heading on the quality and accountability?
– How safe is the aid environment for people affected by crisis?
– How is the application of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) helping to improve our work?
– How can we progress on the most challenging CHS commitments?


11:00 Welcome and introduction – Bonaventure Sokpoh, Senior Advisor on CHS and Outreach, CHS Alliance, roundtable moderator.

11:05 Mini-session 1: Where are we on quality and accountability? – Results of our efforts in the last few years

  • Brief overview on the Humanitarian Accountability Report 2020 (HAR 2020) – Bonaventure Sokpoh
  • Organisational CHS Self-Assessment results. Similarities and discrepancies with the HAR 2020 results – Lorène Tamain, Flying Programme Support / Project Development Manager, ACTED
  • OngLAB / Coodination SUD localisation study results – Vincent Pradier, Researcher at Coordination SUD, and doctoral lecturer-researcher at IAE of the University of Paris 1 and at the University of Paris 12
  • Results of Groupe URD’s work on the consideration of the environment in the humanitarian action – Véronique de Geoffroy, Executive Director, Groupe URD
  • Interaction with the audience

11:45 Mini-session 2: Looking Ahead – What concrete actions can advance making aid work better for people? What is the role of humanitarian standards?

  • Advancing on the Complaints Response Mechanism – Celia Charasse, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning, ACTED
  • Progress on coordination and complementarity – Morgane Dussud, Civil society advocacy manage, Action Contre la Faim
  • The standards of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP) and their contribution to quality and accountability – Aninia Nadig, Policy and Practice Manager, Sphere
  • What is role of the CHS beyond the formal aid sector? -Risks and opportunities, Véronique de Geoffroy, Groupe URD
  • Interaction with the audience

12:25 Conclusion

12:30 End

Important! This roundtable will be held in two languages French and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available only online. Please click on WATCH LIVE on this page to access the language interpretation. Please choose your language channel by clicking on interpretation button on the bottom of your Zoom screen.




Bonaventure G. Sokpoh, Senior Advisor on CHS and Outreach, CHS Alliance.

Bonaventure joined the CHS Alliance in 2018. He is the Senior Advisor on CHS and Outreach at the CHS Alliance. He Leads on the Alliance’s approach to “Bringing CHS Closer to People We Serve”. He led the production of the Humanitarian Accountability Report 2018 and 2020 and advocates for change in policy based on experience with the CHS. Before joining the CHS Alliance, he has been working in the humanitarian and development sectors for more than 20 years, conducting humanitarian programme evaluation and operational research, building monitoring systems, and designing and facilitating training sessions.

Lorène Tamain, Flying Programme Support / Project Development Manager, ACTED

Involved since the end of my studies in the field of international solidarity, I have been working at ACTED for 13 years, where I have headed the Grants Management Department at the headquarters for 5 years. I was then in charge of the supervision of the grant management activity funded by institutional donors for all ACTED countries of intervention (35 in 2015), which allowed me to acquire a thorough knowledge of ACTED’s main donors procedures.

For the past 5 years, I have now been supporting the programme teams in the field by developing tools and guidance to ensure proper grant management and quality project implementation. My job also includes regular missions in the field, to develop strategic proposals, to unblock the progress of projects facing problems in their implementation, or to support the coordination of the mission.

Vincent Pradier, chargé d’étude et d’analyse à Coordination SUD, et enseignant-chercheur doctorant à l’IAE de l’Université de Paris 1 et à l’Université Paris 12.
Véronique de Geoffroy, Executive Director, Groupe URD.

She has worked in the humanitarian sector for many years, starting in the field with NGOs in the 1990s. She still carries out studies concerning the effectiveness of aid and the architecture of the humanitarian system.

Célia Charasse, Responsable du pôle Suivi, Evaluation, Redevabilité et Apprentissage (SERA), ACTED

Célia est en charge du suivi de la mise en œuvre des activités SERA dans l’ensemble des pays d’intervention de l’organisation. Auparavant, elle a également travaillé pour plusieurs ONG françaises en siège et sur le terrain dans les domaines de la gestion des subventions et du SERA. »

Morgane Dussud, Responsable du plaidoyer société civile, Action contre la Faim,

Elle s’intéresse aux questions de localisation de l’aide humanitaire et au rôle des ONG internationales. Après plusieurs années en recherche et plaidoyer chez Amnesty, Save the Children, ActionAid, elle complète actuellement une thèse sur l’espace civique dans les régimes semi autoritaires, avec un focus spécifique sur la Birmanie, à la School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, Londres, UK).

Aninia Nadig, Policy and Practice Manager, Sphere

Aninia joined Sphere in 2008. She focuses on Sphere’s policy development and outreach and supports the Sphere community through implementation guidance for the standards; she also coordinates the Humanitarian Standards Partnership. She was heavily involved in the revision of the 2018 edition of the Sphere Handbook. Aninia is a certified adult trainer, regularly delivering humanitarian standards trainings. She is also an HQAI auditor of humanitarian organisations against the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).


Date and Time

3 November 2021
11.00 – 12.30 CET
Room 24