Humanitarian standards, grouped under the Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP)*, are based on core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality, in accordance with international humanitarian law and underpin humanitarian responses. However the challenges of pursuing principled humanitarian engagement in difficult political and security environments are increasing.
Humanitarian standards offer a levelling and needs-based approach to effectively implementing responses in highly politicised contexts affected by disasters or conflict. In such situations the question of “who gets what” can be contentious. What is the role of humanitarian standards in these situations? Can they bring a neutral and impartial perspective to inherently political dilemmas and ..