About People In Aid

People In Aid is merging with HAP International to form the CHS Alliance, bringing together more than two decades of experience in quality, accountability and people management.

The CHS Alliance is the response to requests from humanitarian and development actors for quality and accountability initiatives and standards. With the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) at the heart of its work, the Alliance intends to establish the Standard as a common reference framework for all actors who provide assistance to crisis-affected and vulnerable people.

People In Aid members will continue to receive resources, networks, training, events, research, and support with certification and verification as CHS Alliance members.

Find out more about what the CHS Alliance does here: www.chsalliance.org.

People In Aid History

People In Aid was established by humanitarian and development agencies in 1995 to improve people management in the sector. This mission will be carried on by the CHS Alliance through the CHS which replaces the People In Aid Code. HR- and people-related requirements are embedded throughout the Nine Commitments of the CHS. Commitment 8 in particular states that: Communities and people affected by crisis receive the assistance they require from competent and well-managed staff and volunteers.


Our mission is to advocate, support, and recognise good practice in the management of people in the humanitarian and development sector.


Our vision is of a world in which organisations work effectively to eradicate poverty and reduce human suffering.

We help organisations whose goal is the relief of poverty and suffering to enhance the impact they make through better management and support of staff and volunteers. Both human resource managers and people managers rely on our work to improve their organisation’s impact. Our very practical output can help you enhance the support you provide to your staff and volunteers.

Established by agencies in the humanitarian and development sector in 1995, we are a not-for-profit membership organisation. We are governed by our members, whose experiences and HR practices shape our activities and have informed the cornerstone of our work, the People In Aid Code of Good Practice in the management and support of aid personnel.

Over the past years we have provided you with seminal research, with unparalleled networking opportunities, with information and benchmarking to make your job easier, with training and, above all, with recognition of your achievements and commitment through certification.

The strategy set by our Board of Trustees prioritises your needs and firmly retains our focus on the Principles of the People In Aid Code. You can read our strategy for 2012-15 here.

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