- August 28, 2021

Monthly Newsletter | Issue 12 - August 2021

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Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

Dear DRG members,

Welcome to the 12th edition of the DRG Newsletter!

August has been a particularly difficult month for so many. From Afghanistan to Haiti and many other forgotten emergencies, communities are facing serious threats and human rights abuses. It is vital that efforts to respond to these crises does not leave people with disabilities behind.

Whilst it is usually a quiet month due to the summer break in the northern hemisphere, the work on disability inclusion and other related intersectional activities keeps progressing at good pace and we have this month very interesting news to share! Please do keep sharing news from your work so that we can continue supporting creating synergies, improve our global coordination, and facilitate new opportunities for collaboration and engagement.

Elham Youssefian (International Disability Alliance), Christian Modino Hok (CBM Global) and Kirstin Lange (UNICEF)

Photo Credits: UNICEF/UN0177789/Al-Issa

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Announces US$12.5 Million Catalytic Grant in Iraq, Advancing Goals for Peaceful Development and Universal, Equitable Education

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises.
In all, 10% of beneficiaries are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps and 15% in non-camp settings, 30% are returnees, 35% are Syrian refugees, and 10% are from host communities. Girls and adolescent girls will make up 60 % of those to be reached across all education levels. Children with disabilities will comprise 10% of the overall number of girls and boys to be reached.
>> Link to the Press Release Available HERE.


The New UNFPA Resources on Disability Inclusive COVID-19 Response and Recovery on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Gender-Based Violence

This publication provides an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the exercise of rights for and well-being of women and girls with disabilities around the world. Drawn from the findings of this assessment a comprehensive pack of resources has been developed in collaboration with UN Women to assist a range of actors such as United Nations Country Teams, civil society, governments, multilateral organizations, and others involved in COVID-19 response and recovery to ensure that their policies and practices are inclusive of women and girls with disabilities and their rights are promoted.
This resource pack of 5 products consists of an 


UNHCR - Working with Persons with Disabilities in Forced Displacement Facilitator's Guide 

The UNHCR - Working with Persons with Disabilities in Forced Displacement Facilitator's Guide has been as well published. The sessions on data will be added as an additional module once finalized.
>> Link to the Guide Available HERE.
For more information and to obtain copies of the handouts and the PPTs through other platforms, please contact Ricardo Pla Cordero placorde [at]


Disability and Food Security in the Central African Republic - Findings of the ENSA 2020

This is a following short overview of the findings from The December 2020 Enquête Nationale sur l’agriculture et la Sécurité Alimentaire (ENSA) where the Washington Group Questions were integrated to better understand the food security needs for persons with disabilities in CAR. This is part of the ongoing work that WFP and partners Trinity College Dublin are providing to WFP country offices to strengthen the collection of disability disaggregated data.
>> Links to the Overview Available in ENGLISH and in FRENCH.


CBM Global New Publication - "Disability Inclusive Cash Assistance: Learnings from Practice in Humanitarian Response"

This case study collection describes lessons learned from seven inclusive humanitarian cash transfer projects implemented from 2015 – 2020 in Niger, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, and Indonesia, and five ongoing projects from the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic responses.

It aims to benefit both humanitarian practitioners engaged in Cash Based Interventions (CBI) and the wider humanitarian sector by presenting insights and learning on how humanitarian CBI programmes can be made more inclusive, to ensure equal outcomes for disaster-affected people with disabilities and other at-risk groups. CBM Global is planning to organize in collaboration with CaLP an online event in the coming weeks on Disability Inclusive Cash Assistance so watch this space!

>> Link to the Webpage Available HERE.


Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Gerard Quinn

In this report, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Gerard Quinn, examines the protection and participation of persons with disabilities in the context of the broad peace continuum, including armed conflict.
>> Link to the Report Available HERE.


Webinar Series on Accountability to Affected Populations by PHAP

The IASC Results Group 2 co-chairs are pleased to invite you to a webinar series on accountability to affected populations, more information below:


Save the Date for the 8th Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW 2022)

HNPW 2022 will be held in a hybrid format over a three-week period from 2 to 20 May 2022. The first and last of these three weeks will be held remotely, while the events during the second week will be organized face-to-face from 9 to 13 May 2022 in Geneva.  The HNPW 2022 will build on the success of the HNPW 2021, which was held remotely from 19 April to 7 May 2021, with more than 300 sessions organized by 44 networks and partnerships, who also collaborated around nine priority topics. 
>> Link to the Webpage Available HERE.


Some Updates Towards the Global Disability Summit (GDS) 2022

The GDS co-hosts we will soon start working on the formulation of commitments and DRG Members who are interested will be invited during the month of September to contribute to the process.
The GDS Website is planned to be launched very soon, stay tuned ! More information will be published shortly, in the meantime please visit

Please share any feedback you may have on the content and format of this Newsletter with us. You can send any material you want to be included in the next issues of the Newsletter by the last Monday of the month via email rg.disabilityinclusion [at]







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