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Daw in Myanmar is unable to see or hear
The Age and Disability Capacity Programme (ADCAP) is designed to ensure older people and people with disabilities are included during emergency responses, both accessing assistance and participating in the decision-making processes that affect them.
We aim to improve humanitarian actors' understanding of the needs and capacities of older people and people with disabilities by developing resources, strengthening capacity and collecting evidence on organisational change towards more inclusive practices.
Why is ADCAP needed?
Humanitarian principles require that assistance and protection are provided based on need and without discrimination. No one should be excluded during an emergency response, either deliberately or inadvertently. Yet many humanitarian organisations do not fulfil this commitment.
There may be many barriers to access and participation. Misconceptions of disability or older age can fuel negative attitudes and discrimination, which may encourage some to think that older people and people with disabilities are not a priority for help. Equally, over-protection may cause people to be kept at home for their safety or because their disability or age is considered to be a source of shame.
Physical barriers, such as difficult terrain or lack of facilities for people with disabilities, prevent access to services, while information on humanitarian services is often only provided in one format or language. This can exclude many people.
Even laws, policies and procedures can result in intended or unintended discrimination against certain groups, particularly if they lead to older people or people with disabilities being excluded from any areas of life, such as employment, political participation or social services.
How does ADCAP work?
At the heart of ADCAP is the Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities. This document brings together nine key inclusion standards, from learning and resource management, to identification and resilience, alongside seven sector-specific standards, which include nutrition, shelter and education. Each standard comes with key actions, guidance, tools and resources, and case studies illustrating how older people and people with disabilities have been included in humanitarian responses.
Using these standards will help you to successfully identify and reach those most at risk during a humanitarian crisis.
We have also produced:
a series of interactive online courses for humanitarian staff, available on DisasterReady.org in both English and Arabic
a two-day training package on ageing and disability inclusion in humanitarian crises with our partner RedR.
Links to these resources can be found on the right-hand side of this page.
To strengthen individual and organisational capacity, we are working with organisations in Kenya, Pakistan and the UK to better integrate ageing and disability into their humanitarian programmes. Eight dedicated age and disability inclusion advisors, trained and supported by ADCAP, are changing their organisation's policy and practice to apply a more inclusive approach to their work.
We are also collecting evidence on the impact of ADCAP as the programme develops so we can share successes and challenges with other organisations and the wider sector. In 2018, we will be publishing a good practice guide to support organisations in embedding inclusion in their humanitarian policies and practices.
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This 60-year-old woman from Lebanon was left unable to walk when a bomb injured her leg
Who is involved?
It is an initiative of the Age and Disability Consortium, a group of seven agencies working to promote age and disability-inclusive humanitarian assistance: CBM, DisasterReady.org, Handicap International, HelpAge International, IFRC, Oxford Brookes University and RedR UK. The consortium brings together leading agencies on ageing, disability and training, combining their experience and expertise to implement this programme.
The ADCAP inclusion advisors are based in the Kenya Red Cross Society, CBM and Christian Aid in Kenya; Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief and HelpAge International in Pakistan; and Islamic Relief Worldwide and Christian Aid in the UK.
Interested in learning more?
Contact the ADCAP team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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