Representatives of the Boards of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), People In Aid and the Sphere Project confirmed their continued commitment to improving quality and accountability within the humanitarian and development sectors recently.

Recognition of the deep interest of joining forces and respective constituencies for developing joint standards however, did not lead to continuing the Joint Standards Initiative (JSI). The harmonization process of standards for post disaster aid and combining operational and organisational standards seems more difficult than originally assumed and might not be desirable. The Sphere Board has decided that the Sphere Project will discontinue its involvement in the development of a Core Humanitarian Standard and related activities.

Currently, the need for performance standards for optimal design and selection of post disaster emergency shelters is eminent. In this article, we describe the design process for an on demand post disaster emergency shelter and demonstrate the need for performance standards, context sensitivity, crisis sensitivity in design and selection of innovative post disaster emergency shelters.