The Minimum Standards for Age and Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Action provide guidance for humanitarian actors at all levels and in all contexts, to make their programs more inclusive of older people and people with disabilities.
The Standards build on a wide range of existing guidance and standards, including those with a specific focus on older age or disability, and key documents such as the Sphere Handbook and the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).
Adapting humanitarian programs to meet the needs of older people and people with disabilities
Despite an increasing focus on protection, and ‘vulnerable’ groups, a systematic approach to ensure the inclusion of older people and people with disabilities is still needed. Christine Knudsen, Director of The Sphere Project, said: ‘With the publication of these Minimum Standards for Age and Disability, practitioners and organizations have even stronger support and clear illustrations of what this means in practice and what actions can be taken.’
Older people and people with disabilities are affected by many of the same or similar barriers to access and participation. The Minimum Standards establish benchmarks to guide good practice and suggest measures that humanitarian organizations can take to adapt existing programs.
The ADCAP program
The Minimum Standards have been developed as part of the ADCAP (Age and Disability Capacity) program, as part of a portfolio of capacity strengthening projects under the Start Network. ADCAP is an initiative of the Age and Disability Consortium, a group of seven agencies working to promote age and disability inclusive humanitarian assistance, led by HelpAge International and including CBM, DisasterReady.org, Handicap International, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Oxford Brookes University and RedR UK. The program is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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