Leave no one behind!
Project Description:

Persons with disabilities experience several risks in humanitarian crises. However, they are often overlooked in humanitarian responses and experience high barriers to access the assistance and protection they need. Even humanitarian actors which take their specific needs into account in policy and planning, still encounter challenges in making their assistance truly inclusive. To ensure that persons with disabilities have access to equal and effective participation, safety and protection in international humanitarian action in general and in German-funded assistance in particular, HI-CMB created the project “Phase 2: Leave no one behind: Mainstreaming Disability in Humanitarian Action.”
The aim of the project is threefold: It seeks to root disability in humanitarian coordination mechanisms; improve data on the inclusion of disability; and to build and expand the capacities of German humanitarian actors and their local and global partners to become disability inclusive.

Role of IFHV within the Project:

Despite growing awareness of the inadequate protection of persons with disabilities and growing political will to incorporate disability in humanitarian action, evidence that underpins, plans and helps investment in systematic capacity building processes is still lacking. There is still no research on supporting factors, resources and obstacles for mainstreaming disability in German or global humanitarian action. The existing findings are often anecdotal and based on the practical learning and project assessments of humanitarian actors, such as HI and CBM.
Research carried out under this project shall:
  • Map the most important current literature on organizational and operational change processes of disability-inclusive humanitarian action;
  • Identify lessons learned and good practices on organizational and programmatic change processes for the inclusion of persons with disabilities;
  • Establish to which degree external factors influence change in global coordination mechanisms, donor regulations, and political will.

The research incorporates desk and literature analysis as well as field research in two target regions that will be determined in the first year of the project.
In addition to the research, guest lectures on disability-inclusive humanitarian action will be implemented in the NOHA Master program and disability will be established as a component of the NOHA master.

IFHV Project Team:

Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul and Carolin Funke

Project Partners:

Handicap International e.V. and Christoffel Blinden Mission Deutschland e.V.

Funding Organization:

The German Federal Foreign Office


15 November 2018 – 31 August 2021