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Humanitarian Aid on the move # 15, special issue: The Quality of Aid

Véronique de Geoffroy

The issue of quality is back on the international aid agenda with the launch of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS), the ideas and proposals from the SCHR’s certification project and the preparatory work for the World Humanitarian Summit, notably on aid effectiveness.

Groupe URD has taken an active interest in these initiatives, in keeping with our work in this area over the last 15 years to help improve aid practices. We have facilitated multi-actor debates and discussions and have been involved in the development of the CHS and its related tools. Given all this effervescence, we felt it would be a good idea to do this special issue of Humanitarian Aid on the Move. It explores different aspects of quality in aid through a series of articles by humanitarians, donors, journalists and researchers. The different points of view expressed show the complexity of the subject, which is not restricted to technical questions, but also raises political, organizational and ethical issues. This diversity also suggests that there is still much to do in this domain…

Véronique de Geoffroy, Groupe URD
Director of operations