Training on Sphere ToT and Foundation Course

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. In order to reinforce the mainstreaming of Sphere standards into disaster preparedness plans and response operations, a Sphere Community in Bangladesh (SCB) was developed in December 2011. SCB focuses on enhancing skills of humanitarian workers to apply Sphere standards through capacity building events as well as knowledge base through integrating Sphere in academic curriculum and producing minimum sphere standards guide book for field practitioners.

Disaster Forum conducted a series of Sphere trainings and orientation sessions. DF conducted Sphere ToT Refreshers (six days) and Foundation course (two days) and one-day rapid introduction to Sphere.

The aim & objectives of the Sphere Training is to strengthen the knowledge and facilitation skills in delivering the training on Sphere Minimum Standards in Humanitarian response. The Sphere Training of Trainers course aimed to prepare individuals to promote learning on applying the Sphere Handbook (entitled: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response), as a tool for improving the quality and accountability of humanitarian action, through sharing experiences and practices.


  • Welcome & Opening & Pre-Test (Quiz)
  • Quality & Accountability Initiatives
  • History of Sphere
  • Cross Cutting Issues
  • Humanitarian Charter
  • Code of Conduct
  • Protection Principles
  • Core Humanitarian Standards
  • Technical Chapter 1: WASH
  • Technical Chapter 2: Food Security, Nutrition & Food Aid
  • Technical Chapter 3: Shelter, Settlement, NFRI
  • Technical Chapter 4: Health Services
  • Designing & Planning Training
  • Principles of Adult Learning
  • Trainer’s Competencies & Methods & Tips
  • Preparation for participant led-session
  • Participant-led Session

The Sphere Foundation course aimed to promoting and implementing approaches for enhanced Quality and Accountability through Sphere as a tool in humanitarian responses by sharing, learning and practicing.


  • Introduction and opening
  • History of Sphere
  • Cross cutting issue
  • Humanitarian Charter
  • Protection Principles
  • Technical chapters (Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion, Food Security, Nutrition and Food Aid, Shelter, Settlement and Non-Food Items (NFIs),and Health

One-day rapid introduction to Sphere aimed to give a quick idea and learning on the minimum standards needs to be implement to maintain the quality and accountability in emergency response.


  • Introductions, capturing key learning points etc and Knowledge of Sphere
  • Quality & Accountability
  • What is Sphere?
  • Humanitarian Charter & Protection Principles
  • Layout of technical chapters
  • Minimum Standards, key actions, key indicators, guidance notes
  • Core Standards
  • Code of Conduct
  • Review, unanswered questions, further information, action points, evaluation

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