2. Basic Guide


Gender-based Violence in Emergencies

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1. Assessment

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP-International)


ACAPS learning platform (Needs assessments etc.)

IASC Coordinated assessments guidelines

“SPHERE for assessment” handbook

2. Strategy

Darcy, James & Hoffman, Charles-Antoine 2003. Humanitarian needs assessment and decision-making. HPG briefing no.13. London. Overseas Development Institute

IOM 2002. Emergency operations manual. International Organization for Migration

Jaspars, S & Shoham, J 1999. Targeting the vulnerable: A review of the necessity and feasibility of targeting vulnerable households. Disasters 23(4): 359-372.

Sharp, K 2001. An overview of targeting approaches for food-assisted programming. Atlanta. CARE USA.

Taylor, A & Seaman, J 2004. Targeting food aid in emergencies. Save the Children UK, Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN), No. 1, July

UNHCR 1999. Protecting refugees: A field guide for NGOs. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

UNHCR 2007. Handbook for emergencies. 3rd ed. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

UNICEF 2005. Emergency field handbook: A guide for UNICEF staff.

WFP 2002. Emergency field operations pocketbook. World Food Programme.

4. Fund Mobilisation

CARE donor guidelines and regulations

5. Proposal Design

CARE website for donor guidelines

6. Donor Contract Management

CARE Regulations and Compliance

8. Communications and Media

CARE International Global Communications Hub

CARE International Media and Communications Toolkit

CARE International Brand Standards

CARE International Image Library

2. Information management

The Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Team Project, ECB4, brought together seven NGOs, including CARE, to look at how to improve information management for NGOs. The ECB final reports are located at:

2. Procurement

CARE USA database of donor guidelines and regulations

3. Finance

Tsunami Emergency Response - Good Practices Review - Sections:

About CI Members and Funding, About Programme Guidelines and Support for Field Staff, Procurement Best Practices, Staff Recommendations for Improving Emergency Finance Capabilities, A Selection of Actions Taken Considered ‘Good Human Resources Practices'

Tsunami Emergency Response - Good Practices Review - Sections:

4. Administration

CARE Administrative Start-Up Manual (ASUM):

Chapter 4: Telecommunications Chapter

5: Vehicle management Chapter

7: Procurement Chapter

8: Housing Chapter

9: CARE compound management Chapter

10: Office establishment

The Tough Stuff Managing Menstruation

7. Human Resources

How Surge Works - Note #1 - Dec 5 2018

How to Hire your Emergency Surge Staff - note #2 - Dec 5 2018

How to Staff up Faster - note #3 - Jan 30 2019

CHS (Core Humanitarian Standards) Alliance

The Tough Stuff Managing Menstruation

1. Food Security and Livelihoods

World Food Programme (WFP) Hunger Map

The WFP's HungerMap tracks core indicators of acute hunger like household food consumption, livelihoods, child nutritional status, mortality, and access to clean water in order to rank countries.

Livelihoods Centre

The Livelihoods Resource Center is a Global Reference Center of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent hosted by the Spanish Red Cross. Its mission is to promote livelihood programming through the collection and dissemination of resources and good practices, technical support and training to strengthen the capacities of IFRC National Societies and other interested organizations.

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS Net)

FEWS NET, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on acute food insecurity around the world. It provides unbiased, evidence-based analysis to governments and relief agencies who plan for and respond to humanitarian crises.

Integrated Food Security Phase classification

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is an innovative multi-partner initiative for improving food security and nutrition analysis and decision-making. By using the IPC classification and analytical approach, relevant actors work together to determine the severity and magnitude of acute and chronic food insecurity, and acute malnutrition situations in a country.

Data visualized - VAM

Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) is the eyes and ears of the World Food Programme (WFP). We aim to provide credible, relevant, and timely food security analyses and evidence that forms the basis for the design of the WFP’s operations.

Food Security Analysis - VAM

The Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) of the World Food Programme (WFP) provides publicly available food security data. Data include market prices for commodities, select calculated food security indicators, dynamic maps, and food security reports at the national, administrative, and market levels.

Minimum Technical Standards for Seed System Assessment (SSA) in Emergencies

This brief focuses on the minimum standards needed in a Seed System Assessment (SSA) for the work to be considered technically sound.

3. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

WHO—Publications on water, sanitation and health:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Safe Water System

Global WASH Cluster

3. Conflict Sensitivity

Do No Harm resources

Do No Harm was one of the ‘first generation' tools for conflict sensitivity. It is very widely used, and generally is quite easy to grasp. There are other short documents on the CDA website that also explain the tool.

The Sphere Standards

The Sphere community sets standards for humanitarian action and promotes quality and accountability.

Anderson, Mary. Do no harm: How aid can support peace-or war (1999)

Bloomfield, David, Fischer, Martina & Schmelzle, Beatrix (eds) 2005

Dialogue series no. 4: New trends in peace and conflict impact assessment (PCIA). Berghof Research Centre for Constructive Conflict Management.

Emergency Capacity Building Project (2007).

The Good Enough Guide to Impact Measurement and Accountability in Emergencies. Oxford: Oxfam Publishing.

Fisher, Simon, Ibrahim Abdi, Dekha, Ludin, Jawed, Smith, Richard, Williams, Sue & Williams, Steve 2000.

Working with conflict: Skills and strategies for action. London. Zed Books.

Kornfield, Ruth 2005.

The Impact of Food Aid on Community Power Relations and Social Networks: A Case Study on a Hillside in Burundi. CARE Burundi.

4. Participation

IASC resources for gender mainstreaming in emergencies


The listening project

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership

5. Protection

International Committee of the Red Cross

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-The UN Refugee Agency

6. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Preventionweb contains a search engine for DRR tools (which can be selected according to the type of hazard, the level of analyses, the type of materials requested, the users, etc.):

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

7. Environment and Disasters


Mainstreaming the environment into humanitarian action - Resource Centre

Green Recovery & Reconstruction Toolkit (GRRT)

A training toolkit with reference materials for humanitarian aid.

Disaster Waste Recovery (DWR)

The goal of DWR is to provide timely solid waste management and environmental protection support to communities affected by emergencies. Working with key stakeholders, this support varies from advice and training to actual implementation of projects.

World Conservation Union (IUCN)

IUCN is not a disaster relief or humanitarian assistance organisation, but can play an important role in addressing environmental impacts. In particular, IUCN can support efforts to rehabilitate affected areas.

8. Policy Framework

CI Code and Policies Hub

To access the CI Code and all CI Policies, please see the CI Confederation hub in CARE Shares (internal resource).

Charter for Change

An initiative, led by both National and International NGOs, to practically implement changes to the way the Humanitarian System operates to enable more locally-led response.

The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS)

With our global network of member organisations, we raise the standard of aid by putting people at the centre of humanitarian and development action.

The Grand Bargain

The Grand Bargain is a unique agreement between some of the largest donors and humanitarian organisations who have committed to get more means into the hands of people in need and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian action.

Generation Equality Forum (GEF)

eneration Equality Forum, held in 2021, has kickstarted a 5-year journey to accelerate ambitious action and implementation on global gender equality.

The Sphere Standards

The Sphere movement was started in 1997 by a group of humanitarian professionals aiming to improve the quality of humanitarian work during disaster response.

9. Emergency Preparedness Planning (EPP)

EPP training courses-CARE Academy. Course 1-Introduction to CARE Emergency Preparedness Planning

Course 2-Creating CARE Emergency Preparedness Plans

12. Humanitarian Coordination

Many resources on humanitarian reform and coordination, including clusters, can be found at:


13. HIV

HIV in Humanitarian Situations

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). Guidelines for HIV/AIDS interventions in emergency settings (2004).

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). HIV/AIDS interventions in emergency settings: Trainer's guide.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). The need for HIV/AIDS interventions in emergency settings.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). Workshop: HIV/AIDS interventions in emergency settings and the IASC guidelines. PowerPoint presentation.

Reproductive Health Response in Conflict (RHRC) Consortium. Minimum initial service package (MISP) for reproductive health (RH) in crisis situations.

World Food Programme 2004. HIV/AIDS & emergencies: Compounding crises.

A Short Course for Humanitarian Workers

For Guidelines on Care of STIs in Conflict Settings, go to...

Women, Children and HIV: Resources for Treatment and Prevention,

Resources on Nutrition and HIV: