Cover photo: The Somalia Integrated Health Care Programme organises annual health review meetings with staff from clinics, branches, coordination offices, IFRC and all funding PNSs. These review meetings are participatory and engages staff to report and reflect on progress and challenges. (Photo: SRC)
What is the SRC Sustainability Platform?
The Swedish Red Cross (SRC) Sustainability Platform (SP) is an essential component of SRC's comprehensive approach to sustainable programming, aiming to support the most vulnerable populations through high-quality initiatives. The SP serves as both a guideline for all SRC staff in the international department and a practical tool to ensure its implementation is manageable for individuals.
At it's core, the SP holds the principle of Do No Harm. Swedish RC emphasises the importance of integrating a robust sustainability platform into all international programming efforts, spanning pre-crisis, crisis, conflicts, and post-crisis periods.
Currently, the Sustainability Platform (SP) outlines quality markers in the areas of:
- Community Engagement & Accountability (CEA)
- Protection, Gender & Inclusion (PGI)
- Green Response (GR)
- Volunteers in conflict &emergencies (ViCE)
- Monitioring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL)
The goal of the SP is to ensure quality programming and sustainability in order to reach the most vulnerable.
How will this be done?
Note: These standards are for both longer-term engagement as well as in disasters.
The SP consists of quality markers or commitments, which are categorised into three levels:
- Bronze (Minimum Quality Standards Checklist)
- Silver, and
Recognizing that attaining quality requires time and resources, especially considering the diverse contexts in which SRC operates, these levels progressively build upon each other.
At the Bronze level, known as the Minimum Quality Standards Checklist, essential commitments are established as a baseline for all SRC projects and programs. Although not all aspects may be initially in place, strategies should be integrated into interventions to continually improve and ensure good quality programming. These standards are applicable to both longer-term engagements and disaster scenarios.
How to use the Project Checklist for the Sustainability Platform Minimum Quality Standards
Please complete the Sustainability Platform e-learning before using this checklist.
Go here for more information: Sustainability Platform - E-Learning Course
The checklist is divided into three phases: assessment, planning, and implementation, corresponding to the project cycle. Each phase includes minimum quality standards with related questions for the project team to evaluate their project's compliance.
If a standard is not met, proposed actions are provided to align with the SP standard. using the checklist in the PMER section, within PUFF, tick the box if the requirement is met; otherwise, explain the planned action.
Use the Country Cooperation Plan (CCP) to track and follow up on the planned actions. Suitable for all project team members.
Further Resources & Next Steps
To access the Checklist follow the links below