Workshop Report, Collecting Data on Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Contexts, 2018

Workshop Report, Collecting Data on Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Contexts, 2018

Published Date

April 19, 2018

A technical workshop considering issues related to collecting data on persons with disabilities in humanitarian contexts was organized jointly by UNICEFHandicap International[1], the International Disability Alliance, the Washington Group on Disability Statistics and UNHCR was held in New York on 11-12 December 2017. It brought over forty specialists in humanitarian action together with statisticians with expertise in collecting data on persons with disability, representatives from organizations of persons with disabilities (or DPOs) and United Nations agencies.

This was the first meeting of its kind that sought to build bridges between the different communities who share a common interest to improve humanitarian action for persons with disabilities, but who bring very different skill sets and perspectives into the conversation. 

Main objectives of the event were to create a common foundation on needs and entry points for data on persons with disabilities, to discuss experiences from the field, to consider different humanitarian action scenarios; and to come up with priority recommendations for next steps. 

Please read more about the discussions in the attached Report, which is also due to inform the Guidelines on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. Data issues will be discussed in the TT Working Group on "inter-agency coordination". In case you wish to sign-up to participate or contribute to this discussion, please contact the IASC TT secretariat. 


[1] Handicap International was renamed “Humanity and Inclusion” on January 24, 2018. (www.humanity-inclusion.org.uk