HPC Recipes for Inclusion of Age and Disability in Humanitarian Response
Our inspiration (rationale of the conference)
There are an estimated 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide (WHO, 2011). This is about 15% of the world’s population. Additionally, globally, one in eight people are over the age of 60. It is estimated that by 2050, the number of older people is expected to increase to two billion, or more than one fifth of the global population.
These statistics should not be merely perceived as numbers, but actual lives that deserve recognition, respect and due consideration. In conflicts and natural disasters, the risk of acquiring disability increases due to injuries, poor health care and failure to manage non-communicable diseases, among other causes. Older people and people with disabilities, therefore, make up a significant and growing proportion of disaster-affected populations, yet they continue to face neglect in disaster preparedness as well as disaster response.
At the 4th edition of the International Humanitarian Partnership Conference, about 100 stakeholders from state and non-state entities gathered at the Boma Inn Hotel on the outskirts of the capital Nairobi, Kenya. Why you may ask? Well, for starters, these mix of people made a formal commitment to adopt and implement 2016 CHARTER ON INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION on behalf of their respective organisations. This is why the theme of the 2016 conference aimed to discuss in detail, Disability and Age Inclusion in Humanitarian Practice: Scaling up inclusive practices toward the achievement of Agenda 2030.
These series blog entries will share with you the specific tools and perspectives, in the form of recipes, which were recommended by the participants as driving forces for:
- Non-discrimination: Leaving no one behind in humanitarian assistance efforts
- Participation: Ensuring Meaningful Involvement of ALL in our processes
- Inclusive policies: Endorsing Inclusive Charters as progressive Humanitarian Actors
- Inclusive response & service: Considering the Needs of ALL Persons in disaster response
- Cooperation and Coordination: Investing in a Community of Practice to learn from each other”
These ‘recipes’ can be considered as inclusion starter packs for ALL people and organisations involved in humanitarian action. They have been tried and tested, and indeed add onto institutional information and knowledge sharing resources.