The adoption of a new edition of the Sphere Handbook (here) on November 2018 is noteworthy news for the humanitarian sector, marking the 20th year anniversary of the Sphere movement, which comprises a community of practice among humanitarian workers across the globe.
The Sphere Handbook identifies a set of common principles and universal minimum
standards to be applied in humanitarian operations, including in disasters. Key novelties of the 2018 edition are the emphasis on the role of local authorities and communities, as well as the need for context analysis when applying the standards.
Furthermore, new provisions have been incorporated, for example regarding WASH, healthcare including palliative healthcare, the security of tenure in shelter and settlement, and well as references to cash-based assistance programs, and relief operations in densely populated areas.