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Funding partners

None of HQAI’s successes so far would have been possible without the precious core financial support provided by its historical funding partners: Denmark, Germany and the Swiss Confederation. Early 2019 they were joined by the UK and in 2020 by Luxembourg.

We would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank our donors and partners for their generosity and continuous support.

HQAI maintains with its funding partners a very close and collaborative partnership. Regular strategic meetings culminate in the annual organisation of a joint Round Table on the value of independent quality assurance and the role of HQAI. At this event interested parties from across the sector come together to co-create the future.

One essential topic in such discussions is the simplification and harmonisation of reporting requirements across the humanitarian sector. HQAI works with donors, governments, funding bodies and the CHS Alliance to achieve alignments of donor due diligence requirements using the CHS as reference. Here is where you can read more about it.


All Danish Civil Society Organisations operating in fragile or humanitarian contexts have to be third-party verified or certified against the CHS in order to receive humanitarian funding by DANIDA. 
This mandatory approach is not only putting people at the centre, strengthening the focus on quality and accountability and leading to positive learning within the organisations. It also demonstrates DANIDA’s own accountability toward the political leadership and tax-payers. Danish humanitarian assistance is demonstrably professional, effective and accountable. Certification is an investment which demonstrates value for money. Morten JESPERSEN (former) Permanent Representative, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN, October 2018


DFID is looking at the level of convergence between its due diligence requirements and HQAI's CHS audits to explore the scope for economies of scale by avoiding duplication of assessments. Mary THOMPSON, Safeguarding Unit, FCDO (at that time DFID), October 2019

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From a perspective of domestic accountability it is a better bargain for us as a donor to engage with the CHS Alliance and HQAI instead of doing it ourselves in terms of efficiency, relevance and effectiveness. Philippe BESSON, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC, October 2019

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