Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action

Commissioner Christos Stylianides (European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management European in DG ECHO) announced a number of measures during the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities in 2018. He announced that, starting in 2018, requests for proposals launched by ECHO, will highlight that applicants must include persons with disabilities in their actions, which funds the operations of humanitarian organisations on the ground.

Following on this committment, DG ECHO launched a guidance note on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in EU-funded humanitarian aid operations. EDF was invited to co-organise the event during the European Development Days on the 18th of June 2019 and took part in the panel on “Making inclusion in humanitarian settings a reality” organised by DG ECHO, Humanity and Inclusion, Finland (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). EDF welcomed the initiative to raise awareness and discuss good practices to ensure better, safer, more accessible and inclusive humanitarian aid. We also took the opportunity to officially asked ECHO to join the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network and contribute to the GLAD humanitarian action working group. Finland is the focal point along UNICEF.

The guidance paper is a result to a series of consultation meetings by DG ECHO in which EDF has provided its input. The document is meant to be a “living document”, adjusted to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) guidelines, which are recommended to be developed in the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The IASC guidelines will be published at the end of 2020.

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