Diary in action

Expanded and updated 6th edition is now available for your use

The up-to-date guidance covers essential aspects of humanitarian work clearly and concisely – each page covering one key topic and summarising current principles, guidelines and good practice – and this 6thedition has been expanded to address emerging issues and trends around Refugees and Migration, Internal Displacement, Conflict and Fragility, Cash-based Assistance and Performance Management.

  • in Information and Resources you can find all the individual pages plus the latest recommended resources and weblinks.
  • in Download English version you can conveniently download all 85 All In Diary information pages in a single pdf file for your own use.
  • in Order your copy you can purchase a handy paperback diary which gives you access to all the essential information, along with space for your notes and ideas, even in the field where access to the internet is limited.

All In Diary is a versatile capacity building tool which supports the principle that building local capacity will improve the quality of humanitarian interventions, and providing both national and international aid workers with the essential basic guidance can achieve a common understanding and approach.  See examples below of how humanitarians are using All In Diary to save time and support staff training.


Read how Marina Kobzeva, Quality Standards Manager at Tearfund is using All In Diary to support staff training:
“I am passionate about the importance of humanitarian standards, because they can ensure that people affected by disasters receive good quality, appropriate and timely assistance. However, I understand that not everyone is aware of, or sees the importance of such standards. 
Despite my efforts, I found it difficult to explain all the different standards and requirements in a way that was not ‘too tedious or intimidating’. There are many resources to draw on, but I needed something that could bring all the basic information together in a language and format that was well structured and easy to understand, and not specific to any particular organisation. This is how I came across the All In Diary, while searching online”. 

Building up knowledge and commitment to humanitarian standards is crucial to disaster preparedness. However, this needs to be done in a way that is not overly demanding for people working in emergencies who are already under significant pressure.   The All In Diary has enabled Marina to give rapid trainings which require limited preparation and do not demand too much time of the staff.  Her colleagues can also draw on the information in the All In Diary at a later stage for easy reference. Follow ups from her training have endorsed the value of the All In Diary as it is the resource that has been used most frequently by training participants after the training.

Read how Amal Jadallah, NRC Shelter Officer at Zaatary refugee camp in Jordan is using All In Diary to support her work in the field:
“In the past, briefing my team was time-consuming.  For different topics I used to search and rely on different resources.  For instance, a briefing session on Humanitarian International Law could last up to two hours. Since I have started to use the All In Diary, I am now able to brief my team on these complex issues in just 10-15 minutes. During these sessions I can refer to the All In Diary tools and provide them with inclusive, solid and reliable references. 

In addition, the ways in which the pages are structured allows different level of understanding for each topic. In fact, users can either decide to get the basic information they need or to further their knowledge through the additional resources and websites listed. 
Last but not least, since the Arabic version of the All In Diary has been released, I can now my refer team to this tool in their own language”.

During an emergency response, priorities tend to focus on more practical aspects of the humanitarian intervention. However, overlooking attention to the laws and principles that underpin appropriate humanitarian intervention runs the risk of negatively impacting on the affected population.  Humanitarian Law and principles, along with understanding Humanitarian Frameworks, are among the topics that humanitarian teams can find difficult to address in staff and community training sessions. Briefing people on these subjects can demand significant staff time in preparation and training.
The All In Diary has enabled Amal Jadallah to better brief her staff and be accurate in referring to complex issues such as the legal framework of the humanitarian work. As a result, their work is regarded as more reliable and transparent.

All In Diary can support you, your staff and your partners too through :

  • using paperback copies of All In Diary to support training and capacity building, as IRC, RedR UK, Save the Children, Medair and others regularly do.
  • raising awareness of and widening access to All In Diary through sharing links to www.allindiary.org – as MedBox, Global Nutrition Cluster, CARE International do.
  • sharing stories, blogs, updates on social media and your website which raise awareness of the information resources available through All In Diary.




“We’ve been using the All In Diary as a training resource when we do emergency preparedness and response training with both partners and local staff and the IRC, and have had great feedback on it so far”

Christine Amy, Senior Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, The International Rescue Committee.

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