Persons with disabilities comprise approximately one billion people worldwide, 80% of whom live in developing countries. The Secretary-General has highlighted this population as a critical group for inclusion under Core Responsibility 3 of the Agenda for Humanity. The Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action was one of the key outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit, and called for the development of guidelines on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action.
In line with its WHS commitment, the IASC endorsed the establishment of a time bound Task Team (Jan 2017- Dec 2018) in July 2016. Led by a tripartite co-chairing agreement comprising UNICEF, the International Disability Alliance, and Handicap International, the task team is composed of organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs); NGOs; UN Agencies; ICRC; IOM; Governments; ECHO; IASC Secretariat; and the IASC MHPSS Reference Group.
- TT on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action Progress Report
- TT on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action TORs
- TT on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action Work Plan
Expected Results of the Task Team:
The guidelines will assist humanitarian actors, governments and affected communities to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions that foster the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action, resulting in the full and effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities and changing practice across all sectors and in all phases of humanitarian action.
Task Team Timeline:
- Resource Mobilization and Human Resources (Q4 2016 Q1, Q2 2017)
- Data Collection, Mapping and Research (Q2, 2017)
- Development of Initial Draft Guidelines (Q3 2017 – Q3 2018)
- Final Review, Validation and Production (Q4 2018)
All tasks listed above are being conducted with the full participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations.
Progress to date:
- Task Team established, Terms of Reference and Work Plan finalized;
- Task Team Co-Chairs and Secretariat support established;
- Generated publicity and leveraged knowledge and expertise from other groups through a number of public events (HNPW – Geneva, February 2017, CoSP-NY, June 2017; ECOSOC HAS – Geneva, June 2017);
- Mobilized initial resources to start initial work;
- Vacancy announcements for a number of consultancies circulated, resulting in several recruitment actions;
- Data collection, mapping and research activities for the Desk review ongoing;
- Monthly teleconference to update Task team members on developments and foster inputs.
- Mobilise further financial and technical resources;
- Continue wide consultations, including field and online consultations, among others with cluster leads;
- Develop an accessible web page for the work of the Task team;
- Develop initial draft Guidelines;
- Finalization of guidelines after review and validation.