FOCUS – Stock taking analysis 1 year after the launch of the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

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One year after the launch of the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, Handicap International developed an analytical paper.

The paper looks at progress made on the initiative, in collaboration with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as part of the Agenda for Humanity. It reviews key achievements and challenges, and identifies recommendations for further action. It also pinpoints good practices to fulfill the commitments taken by endorsing the Charter in the areas of non-discrimination, participation, inclusive policy and data collection, inclusive response and services, cooperation and coordination.

Since the WHS, the Charter has spurred further political momentum to enhance the effective inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, demonstrated by a 45 per cent increase of number of endorsers to the Charter in one year; references to the Charter in two UN resolutions; numerous national, regional and international events and meetings organized; and additional funding mobilized. The strength of the initiative stands in its multi-stakeholder nature, which brings together donors, humanitarian actors, organisations of persons with disabilities and local actors. There is an increased sense of urgency of the need to change the humanitarian practices in terms of inclusion of persons with disabilities at political level. This urgency needs to permeate at field level, in order to move from words to practices.

cooperation-and-coordination-anniv charteA key outcome of the Charter is the initiation of the development of Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action under the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). The guidelines aim at changing practices across all sectors and in all phases of humanitarian action resulting in the full and effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

However, challenges remain: low level of understanding of inclusion; low level of priority given to persons with disabilities; lack of disaggregated data; and low rate of funding given to humanitarian projects inclusive of persons with disabilities and DPOs.

In order to achieve the full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, stakeholders are invited to continue nurturing the multi-stakeholder nature of the Charter, focusing on awareness-raising. It will also be critical to continue to foster cooperation, exchange knowledge and build capacity among DPOs, humanitarian actors and local stakeholders. Finally, stakeholders should individually and collectively work on implementing inclusive policies and practices and improve disaggregated data collection.

This analysis will inform the first Annual Synthesis Report on the follow-up to the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) expected to be published in early November 2017 by OCHA. The Annual Synthesis Report is a key component to the post-WHS follow-up, providing an annual ‘stocktaking’ of how the outcomes from the Summit and the 24 transformations are leading to the desired change and transformation called for at the Summit. The report will highlight key trends in achievements and identify gaps that need more attention.

All of the analytical papers are available at

Analytical Paper on the Charter on inclusion of Person with disabilities