Realising the full potential of Sphere


Sphere training workshop and regional gathering, 11th to 14th March, Nairobi, Kenya


Sphere’s flagship publication, the Sphere Handbook, is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in humanitarian response.


The new edition of the Sphere Handbook was launched in November 2018, marking the 20thanniversary of the Sphere movement, now a community of purpose spanning the globe.

This 4-day workshop is based on the new Sphere Training Package which will be launched shortly after this event.


Purpose of event: The purpose of the training workshop is to pilot the new training package and get first-hand, actionable feedback from participants which will be integrated into the final version for release. This workshop is an important step in the development and validation of these materials. At the same time, participants will discover or rediscover Sphere and the new Sphere Handbook. The event will also provide an opportunity to advance the development of a regional network of professionals built on expertise and good practice, working to strengthen effective humanitarian and development outcomes in East and Central Africa.


Content: An introduction to Sphere and the Sphere Handbook including the foundation and technical chapters. A look at the various uses of Sphere across the programme cycle phases, and a call to action to advocate for Sphere and for the people affected by crisis that you serve. A look at what is new in the 2018 edition of the Handbook and drivers of the revision. A facilitated discussion on how IAWG members and Sphere can work together to improve humanitarian and development outcomes in East and Central Africa. (The agenda will be refined based on participant profiles.)


Target audience: We welcome trainers and non-trainers from various roles in the humanitarian sector. We are looking for a balance of trainers, Sphere experts (with the 2011 edition), field practitioners and managers to enrich the quality of the feedback and discussions.


Facilitators and training team: The event will be facilitated by Ibrahim Hatibu (Sphere Trainer and director, Think Smart Solutions) and Tristan Hale (learning manager, Sphere), with the support of Njeru George (coordinator, IAWG ). 


Timing: Monday 11th to Thursday 14th March 2019 (4 full days).


Participants are encouraged to attend the 2018 Sphere Handbook launch from 10am to 12pm on Friday 15th March.


Location: Kenya, Nairobi (conference venue to be confirmed)


Cost: Free, but participants must make their own arrangements for travel, accommodation and evening meals. Sphere Handbooks and other materials, refreshments, and lunch are provided at the training venue.


Application process: Please make sure you can attend all 4 days of the workshop. Your line-manager is required to approve your attendance in advance.


To apply, please complete the registration form here or open this link


Upon completion of the registration process, you will receive an email confirming whether your application was successful. 


Priority will be given to participants drawn from IAWG member organizations.









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Inter-Agency Working Group on disaster Preparedness for East and Central Africa (IAWG)

P.O. Box 14762- 00800 Westlands Nairobi, Kenya Tel:+254 (20) 418 0403/4/5

Physical location, Lower Kabete Road (Ngecha Junction).