A New Inclusion Resource: Disability Thematic Briefing Papers. | December 1, 2015

To coincide with this years International Day of People with Disabilities, Handicap International has published a series of Thematic Briefing Papers which brings together facts and field based work that highlight what needs to be done to bring about a crucial change in behaviour to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian aid and […]

To coincide with this years International Day of People with Disabilities, Handicap International has published a series of Thematic Briefing Papers which brings together facts and field based work that highlight what needs to be done to bring about a crucial change in behaviour to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian aid and development cooperation.

In a world where over one billion people live with a disability,

nearly 80% of people with disabilities live in low-income countries.[1]

It has been long proven that the links between disability, poverty and exclusion are irrefutable with people with disabilities often being disproportionately affected by natural or man-made crises and left out of humanitarian responses and development policies and programs. Therefore, the aim of HI’s advocacy strategy, and these Thematic Briefing Papers, is to persuade donors, policy and decision makers, as well as development and humanitarian actors to develop, adopt and enforce policies and practices that ensure the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities and the most vulnerable and the promotion and protection of their rights.

Using priorities in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; the goals within the New Agenda for Sustainable Development; and our own expertise as our guide, the Thematic Briefing Papers have been created to provide information and guidance on key areas of disability inclusion:

Of course there are more areas that can and should be highlighted and Handicap International aim to produce more Briefing Papers in this series in the future. But for now we would encourage you to share the messages and recommendations contained in these briefing papers which are for anyone working in a development and humanitarian context and are meant to provide a starting point for inclusion interventions.

The Advocacy Thematic Briefing Papers can be downloaded here. Feel free to download, print and disseminate these to anyone you work with, support or want to influence. These are essential reading for:

  • Donors
  • State authorities
  • Humanitarian and Development Actors
  • Policy makers
  • Program designers
  • International Organisations (IFRC, UN agencies)
  • Disabled Peoples Organisations
  • Mainstream and Disability Specific NGOs
  • NGO and DPO Networks
  • Media and Communications Agencies

[1] Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015

 

Jazz SHABAN
Disability & Advocacy Officer


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