These standards were developed in 2018 by the Age and Disability Capacity Programme (ADCAP) and were written to help organizations responding to crises to successfully identify and reach those most at risk, upholding the humanitarian principles by which they all must abide. In fact, more than 46% of those who are over the age of 60 have a disability.
The purpose of these standards was to strengthen the accountability of humanitarian actors of older people and people with disabilities, and to support the participation of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian action. These standards can be used as guidance for programming, and as a resource for training and advocacy, particularly for inﬂuencing organizational policies and practice to be more inclusive.
Each chapter presents a set of standards with key actions, guidance notes, tools and resources, and case studies illustrating how older people and people with disabilities have been included in humanitarian responses. It consists of 9 key inclusion standards and 7 sets of sector specific inclusion standards: protection; water, sanitation and hygiene; food security and livelihoods; nutrition; shelter, settlement and household items; health; and education.