Persons with disabilities make up at least 15% of the global population  yet continue to be among those most impacted by disasters  and more likely to be excluded from decision-making processes . This is true in Europe and Central Asia as it is anywhere else in the world.The majority of the countries in this region have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and are therefore obliged to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk. They have also adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which outlines the measures required for resilience building and enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
The primary objective of this tool is to guide Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and civil protection professionals to the practical information they need to ensure that their work is fully inclusive. It will be of use not only to hands-on practitioners, but also to policymakers, and it refers to information that is applicable at local, regional or international levels.
This tool can also be used by persons with disabilities and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs/OPDs) for policy advocacy and collaborative action.
Download the toolkit below
- Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR): A Quick Reference Guide on DiDRR for Practitioners (PDF document)
- Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR): A Quick Reference Guide on DiDRR for Practitioners (Word document)
- Review of Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and Practice across Europe and Central Asia
- Policy Brief of the Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Moving forward in DiDRR across Europe and Central Asia
- Policy Paper of the Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Moving forward in DiDRR across Europe and Central Asia
Gordon Rattray – International Cooperation Officer
 WHO and World Bank, World Report on Disability (2011)
 IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action (2019)
 Twigg, J. Kett, M. Lovell, E. Disability inclusion and disaster risk reduction: Overcoming barriers to progress (2018)