HI is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

On January 24th 2018, the global Handicap International network became Humanity & Inclusion.
This network is composed of a Federation which implements our programmes in the field in around sixty countries and of eight national associations.
These programmes or national associations are known as "Handicap International" or "Humanity & Inclusion", depending on the country.

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Capacity building: teachers and staff
HI commits to work with the Ministry of Education in all the countries where we operate on education projects.  

Timeframe and/or implementation plan  
Currently HI is working with a number of Ministries of Education to support them on teacher training curriculums and inclusive education module development, but this is not yet consistent across all projects.  The implementation plan is to ensure that all projects will include aim to support the ministry by 2021 and we will support IE teacher trainings on early years and secondary and or vocational education in at least 2 flagship projects by 2019.     

Policy, standards and regulations
HI commits to adopting universal design principles not only for all school infrastructure within its education projects but also for curriculum and learning material development at school level.This includes supporting innovations to expand the range of accessible materials and teaching approaches available for learners  with  disabilities (particularly learners with print disabilities) in the classroom, using new technologies and the expanded provision of assistive devices by scaling up current pilots.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
HI already supports universal design in projects where it is responsible for accessibility modification. HI will also roll out the concept of universal design within the curriculum at school level, in at least 5 new flagship projects by 2021.This will enable children with more complex needs to be included within mainstream schools, through adapted materials and a more flexible curriculum which meets individual needs. 

Additional resources and implementation
HI commits to developing larger scale projects in collaboration with partners that aim to build evidence on how to scale inclusive education in ways which promote cost effectiveness, quality inclusive education and child learning outcomes with specific focus on children with disabilities. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
HI has undertaken a number of research projects looking into what works in inclusive education practice, but there is a need to develop larger scale projects in collaboration with mainstream education organisations to look at effectiveness at scale.  HI commits to developing at least one large scale research project per year in inclusive education starting June 2018 with a large scale evidence based project in Nepal.

Theme: Inclusive Education
Year: 2018

Access to decent work
HI commits to increasing opportunities for decent work for job seekers with disabilities, by building workplace pipelines, skilling up job seekers with disabilities to meet local market demand while simultaneously training employers on how to be inclusive, and then ultimately matching skills to jobs. HI commits to building and/or strengthening this type of pipeline in the Philippines, Chad, Senegal, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Bolivia, Haïti, and other countries.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: HI commits to implement this over the next five years.          

Reasonable accomodation in the workplace and training institutions
HI commits to creating and piloting a digital tool to teach livelihood stakeholders in low and middle-income countries (employers, INGOs, vocational training centers, governments, etc.) about reasonable accommodation. This tool will contain adapted solutions specifically created in low resource settings, with the overall goal of creating inclusive labour markets in developing contexts, ultimately getting more people with disabilities into decent work.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: We aim to release the pilot to the public in 2019.       

Inclusive social protection systems
HI will help eradicate extreme and ultra-poverty for people with disabilities by scaling our disability-inclusive graduation model through 1) expansion of direct implementation of this model by HI into other countries and contexts, and 2) partnership with mainstream organizations to ensure that they can modify their graduation programming to include people with disabilities in the beneficiary pool. Minimally, this will occur in Bangladesh and Chad.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
HI will be announcing a newly signed goodwill MOU with BRAC in July 2018 and will refine HI’s technical assistance model on disability – inclusive graduation programming as part of this agreement. We will implement disability–inclusive graduation projects in Bangladesh and Chad between 2018 – 2022 and promote this model throughout our country offices and Finally, over the next 5 years will work with mainstream implementers to develop and promote the “business case” for disability inclusive graduation uptake. 

Theme: Routes to Economic Empowerment
Year: 2018

New programmes or services
HI commits to working with research and private sector partners to pilot a project that provides rehabilitation assistive devices in remote and conflict-affected communities and during humanitarian crises, through the use of 3D prosthetic and orthotic printing, ICT and tele-rehabilitation services.  This project forms part of a DFID Innovations Hub proposal due to the announced during the Summit.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 2018-20 including programme delivery and impact studies   to scale up pilot initiatives.

New programmes or services
HI commits to the release of contaminated landmines and dangers from  explosive remnants of war on local populations more efficiently and in greater quantities.  This will be achieved through gains created by the combined use of drone detection methods based on aerial evidence and a mobile data collection interface. This in turn will enable safer access to land for agricultural development and natural resources, including water, as well as reduce the risk of accidents that cause injuries, permanent impairments and death for people.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: November 2018 – October 2019. 
The project involving international researchers and the private sector will pilot and test innovative technologies in Europe before deploying in the northern part of Chad for real testing in contaminated areas in spring 2019. 

Theme: Harnessing Technology and Innovation
Year: 2018

Commit resources to support strengthened disability data
HI commits to continue its work on strengthening collection of data on persons with disabilities by implementing projects that support stakeholders (such as National Statistical Offices, Organisations of Persons with Disabilities and Mainstream Humanitarian Actors) to collect, analyse data on persons with disabilities and use it to make projects more inclusive as well as developing learning materials and delivering training.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
As part of the HIEP project (which is one of many projects HI are doing), HI is creating learning materials on the use of the Washington Group questions in humanitarian action – based of the finding of the action-research carried out in Jordan, DRC and the Philippines in 2017. The learning materials will be published in English in September and Arabic and French in December 2018. Roll out of the questions to humanitarian actors through training sessions in various locations by HI will take place between January and March 2019.

Commit to use the Washington Group questions
HI commits to disaggregate data by disability using the Washington Group Questions (short set and child functioning modules) in relevant projects and promote and support its operational partners to collect disaggregated data by disability and make its programmes more inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
HI is committed to use the Washington Group Questions in its project and will focus in 2019 to build the capacity of its staff – using the learning developed as part our disability data in emergencies. In 2019 data collection on persons with disabilities will be piloted in some countries to develop/finalise methodology and tools; before moving on to collecting disability data in all relevant projects in 2020.

Commit resources to support strengthened disability data
HI (with OCHA/the Humanitarian Data Centre) commits to make available existing data on persons with disabilities by creating an open source page dedicated to disability data where  data can be  accessed, visualised and shared by humanitarian actors.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
From September 2019, HI will collaborate with the humanitarian data centre (OCHA led initiative) to (1) tackle the issue of data literacy in HI’s e-learning on the use of the Washington Group questions in humanitarian actors. This will be published between September and December 2018 on open source learning platforms (2) promote data sharing by creating a disability data page on HDX and publishing existing data on persons with disabilities. HI and the humanitarian data centre will launch the e-learning and disability data page together during a joint event at the end of 2018/early 2019.

Theme: Data Disaggregation
Year: 2018

HI commit to the development, validation, piloting and roll-out of global Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, currently under development by the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Task Team on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
As co-chair of the IASC Task Team on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action together with the International Disability Alliance and UNICEF, HI will support the finalisation of draft guidelines by end of 2018, and to drive the endorsement, piloting and roll out process in 2019.

HI will continue the implementation of advocacy and awareness raising programmes, in line with UN CRPD and by leveraging the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, to enhance the understanding of the needs of persons with disabilities to all humanitarian actors willing to strengthen their response towards persons with disabilities at global, regional and national level.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
With IDA and CBM, HI supports advocacy and awareness raising activities in three countries affected or prone to crisis in 2018. With partners and likeminded organisations, HI works towards ensuring disability inclusion in humanitarian action features in relevant international fora, including ECOSOC Humanitarian Action Segment and CRPD Conference of State Parties, and that accounting and monitoring mechanisms to the CRPD and the Agenda for Humanity consider the rights of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action.

Persons with disabilities are entitled to equal and full participation in all spheres of life and have the right to be safe and protected from harm in times of humanitarian crisis, as per the CRPD and the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. Therefore, HI commits to enhance efforts of mainstreaming disability in its organization; ensure participation of persons with disabilities in its humanitarian action; and support capacity building for humanitarian actors and DPOs.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
HI has developed tools with field teams and partners on inclusive humanitarian action since 2016. In 2018 a guidance note and tool box will be finalized. In partnership with IDA and CBM, HI supports the development of BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs pilot module on CRPD Article 11. In partnership with CBM and others, HI supports the capacity building of German humanitarian actors. On the field, HI works with DPOs and humanitarian actors to strengthen their disability inclusiveness.

Theme: Conflict and Humanitarian Contexts
Year: 2018

HI commits to promote the rights of women/girls with disabilities to access information and services on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), Gender Based Violence (GBV), and protection. We further commit tosupporting governments to develop and implement GBV, protection, and SRH inclusive policies and plans that meet the needs of women/girls with disabilities and ensure the delivery of accessible and quality information and services.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
Ongoing interventions in East-Africa and Asia continue and in the next 5 years will seek to establish new partnerships with UN Agencies, other CSOs and DPOs; jointly advocate for increased resources for disability inclusive SRH, GBV and protection; and strengthen our ongoing actions and expand our interventions in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

HI commits to enhancing and sharing best practice through the implementation of our "Disability, Gender & Age" Institutional Policy across it mandate, in complementarity with the other Institutional Policies throughout the HI Federal network.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
Implementation of the Disability, Gender & Age" Institutional Policy is scheduled  to begin in 2019-2020.

Theme: Women and Girls with Disabilities
Year: 2018

HI commits to piloting the Washington Group questions in emergency livelihood social protection (specifically cash transfer) programs in Yemen, and sharing the best practices and lessons learned with the cash transfer community.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: We are aiming for preliminary findings to be released in 2019.

Theme: Other
Year: 2018