Resource: The Sphere Handbook 2018

  • Date Posted: January 25, 2019
  • Authors: Marketlinks Team
  • Document Types: Tool
  • Donor Type: Non-US Government Agency


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Watch an introductory video about Sphere's work and read the 2018 Handbook online

The Sphere Handbook is Sphere’s flagship publication. It comprises the Humanitarian Charter, the Protection Principles, the Core Humanitarian Standard, and minimum humanitarian standards in four vital areas of response:

  • Water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH)
  • Food security and nutrition
  • Shelter and settlement
  • Health

The Handbook is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized tools for the delivery of the quality humanitarian response. National and international NGOs, United Nations agencies, and governmental authorities across the globe make use of its guidance when planning, delivering and evaluating humanitarian operations.