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It takes time, money and commitment to provide aid to those who need it. And to meet this need, there are many thousands of aid organisations doing outstanding work in challenging contexts.

But how do you know where your support will have the greatest impact? In the complex landscape of international aid, how do you know who to trust?

We help you trust.

HQAI. So you can #TrustAid.

In order to improve, aid organisations need to know what they do well, and what they can do better.

The Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI) was founded to support aid organisations to better meet the needs of people in crisis. We do this by assessing aid organisations against the internationally agreed commitments contained in the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).

Some of the questions we address when we assess aid organisations include:

  • Did the goods and services provided match what people in crisis needed?
  • Does the organisation effectively communicate its intentions to people in crisis?
  • Were the opinions of those people in crisis listened to?

The HQAI audit is not about a particular country, project or context. It has a very systematic approach to assess whether an organisation has appropriate mechanisms in place to maximise quality and accountability, identify incidents and take appropriate action. When aid organisations are found to have met the commitments set out in the Core Humanitarian Standard, we certify that they have done so. This means they can use the HQAI CHS certification mark in their work.

Many aid organisations have been certified by HQAI – you can find a complete list of CHS certified organisations here. And many more organisations are seeking to become certified right now.

HQAI CHS certification mark

Join a global movement to improve aid: look out for the HQAI CHS certification mark.

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