Policy, legislation and its implementation
IRC will support the development, piloting, uptake and implementation of the Inter-Agency Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. IRC will also support the uptake of the Guidelines by humanitarian stakeholders, humanitarian architecture and coordination mechanisms, leveraging its position as a major operational humanitarian actor that also supports inter-agency coordination mechanisms (e.g. the Global Protection Cluster and its Areas of Responsibility). 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
IRC will dedicate technical expertise to the development of the IASC Guidelines, to be finalised by December 2018. IRC will support their piloting, implementation and uptake in 2019 and 2020, establishing links between the IASC Guidelines and global and national coordination mechanisms. Within the same timeframe, IRC will also look at adapting existing technical guidance in the above-mentioned sectors to address issues of Stigma and Discrimination in service delivery. 

Policy, legislation and its implementation
IRC will support persons with disabilities to enjoy full and equal human rights, fundamental freedoms and receive respect for their inherent dignity.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
IRC’s programming will strengthen the rights of persons with disabilities in Protection and Rule of Law systems in Tanzania, Burundi, El Salvador and Pakistan, with a potential expansion to Europe and Myanmar by 2021.

Representation and empowerment of persons with disabilities
IRC will invest in the full participation of people with disabilities,fostering knowledge among Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) on humanitarian architecture and response mechanisms. IRC will support DPOs to have a voice in coordination mechanisms, join with other agencies at the centre of the humanitarian system and influence and shape the humanitarian strategies and interventions that affect them.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
The IRC will review its approaches to community participation, representation and engagement, looking at the involvement of DPOs in coordination mechanisms and Community-based Protection through training conducted in coordination with the Global Protection Cluster and the Child Protection Area of Responsibility. This will take place in four pilot countries until June 2019, with a potential expansion based on learning from this pilot experience.    

Stereotypes, attitudes and behaviours
IRC will contribute to shift the underlying harmful practices, behaviours and norms that limit the life of women, men, girls and boys with disabilities.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
From 2018 to 2021, the IRC will use innovative approaches and direct services in homes, pre-schools and skills training centres in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Sierra Leone and Pakistan to contribute to eliminate stigma, discrimination and violence against girls and boys with disabilities, by representing and celebrating diversity and promoting respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and their right to preserve their identities. 

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