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, accountable humanitarian response. In other words, it sets out what should be done when responding to crises. Because it is not owned by any one organization, the Sphere Handbook enjoys broad acceptance by the humanitarian sector as a whole. The Handbook was created by Sphere. 

Anyone working or volunteering in a humanitarian response will hear frequent references to the Sphere handbook. Volunteers do not need to know the standards themselves, but they should know what the Sphere Project is and its history.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the development and history of the Sphere Handbook
  • Understand the Humanitarian Charter, Protection Principles and the Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response
  • Understand the importance of the Sphere Handbook in humanitarian response

This 10-minute video introduces the Sphere Handbook and provides some background on the organisation too.


PHAP Credentialing Program: Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem. 

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This video will help you prepare for the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem.

In particular, the video addresses some aspects of segment 3.4 of the certification assessment outline.

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program