Inclusive Humanitarian Action - Briefing Paper

Member Author: 
Hope and Healing International

Inclusive Humanitarian Action Briefing Paper

This short briefing paper sets out key areas to guide stakeholders towards fully inclusive humanitarian action as an integral part of the new global agenda.

Maximum effectiveness of humanitarian response will not be achieved without including all of society, at all levels of activity. Yet, when it comes to preparing for and responding to the increasing number of natural and man-made disasters happening on a global scale, the capacities, rights and needs of women, men, girls and boys with disabilities are not yet fully addressed by the international humanitarian community. Studies and commentary on disability and the impact of disaster have found that – in the face of climate change and in times of conflict – the relative poverty of persons with disabilities, combined with inaccessibility of relief services and low prioritisation of women, men, girls and boys with disabilities, places persons with disabilities at greater likelihood of facing hardship, illness and death.

Disability and Disasters: Key Facts

  • It is estimated there will be at least 200 million people displaced by climatic events by 2050, of whom at least 30 million are likely to be persons with disabilities.
  • Women, men, girls and boys with disabilities can be often left behind in times of emergency. For example, observations from the Philippines claim that only 10 per cent of persons with disabilities found shelter in the evacuation centres, and those who got there were often pushed aside by the crowd.
  • Disability inclusive humanitarian funding remains limited; both the UN and the EU have low levels of funding targeting persons with disabilities.
  • Persons with disabilities are not prepared for disasters: 70% of persons with disabilities said that they had no personal preparedness plan and only 17% knew about any disaster management plan in their community.