The Sphere Handbook in Action e-learning course

SphereprojectThe Sphere Project in brief

The Sphere Project is a voluntary initiative that brings a wide range of humanitarian agencies together around a common aim – to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors and affected populations.


The Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in life-saving areas of humanitarian response.

Established in 1997, the Sphere Project is not a membership organization. Governed by a Board composed of representatives of global networks of humanitarian agencies, the Sphere Project today is a vibrant community of humanitarian response practitioners.

The Vision
“Sphere works for a world where the right of all people affected by disaster to re-establish their lives and livelihoods is recognized and acted upon in ways that respect their voice and promote their dignity, livelihoods and security.”
[From the Sphere Project’s Strategy 2015]


E-learning course

The Sphere Handbook in Action e-learning course aims to strengthen the effective use of the Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.

Since its launch in English last February, the course has reached over 4,500 learners. “We are very happy about this success, which shows that the course responds to a demand within the sector,” says Verónica Foubert, responsible for Training and Learning Management at the Sphere Project office. “We hope the new language versions will help further disseminate Sphere principles and standards.”

The course brings the Handbook to life through the use of realistic scenarios, helping the learner to get acquainted with its core messages and to understand how to use it holistically.
Taking the course is free of charge.

No academic qualifications are required. Each person may take the course at her or his own pace.

Learn more about the project.

Here you can take the course.


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