Islamic Relief works with communities to strengthen their resilience to disasters, and we provide vital emergency aid when disasters occur.

We help vulnerable people to access basic services, including education, water and sanitation, as well as healthcare. We provide lasting routes out of poverty through our sustainable livelihoods schemes, and our integrated approach to development is transforming communities worldwide.

We tackle the root causes of poverty and make sure that the world’s most vulnerable people have a strong voice and real influence in both our programmes and advocacy. We are also a policy leader on Islamic humanitarianism, and our research programmes develop distinctive, practical approaches to the key issues that are affecting our world today.

Islamic Relief endeavours to:

  • Reduce the impact of conflicts and disasters
  • Empower communities
  • Mobilise people and funds
  • Strengthen our Islamic Relief family

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Policy, legislation and its implementation

  1. Implementing the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for older people and people with disabilities and IR commitments for the Inclusion Charter and the Charter for People with Disabilities in IRW programmes. 
  2. Developing a disability inclusion policy as an integral part of protection mainstreaming and implement this policy through protective, inclusive and accountable approaches to programming.  

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1-2 years         

Representation and empowerment of persons with disabilities

  1. Establishing and strengthening active partnerships with DPOs platforms at both international and national level explicitly reaching out PWD’s representation at all levels of programming ensuring gender and cultural/ contextual sensitivities and supporting and capacitating local DPOs to strengthen and develop the disability movement.  

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1- 5 years        

Stereotypes, attitudes and behaviours

  1. Building capacity, knowledge and understanding of IR COs on the CRPD and protective and inclusive programming. 
  2. Tackling stigma and discrimination through a clear faith and disability position and influencing existing initiative of involving faith, traditional and community leaders.  

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1- 5 years

Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Year: 2018

Additional resources and implementation
All school infrastructure contracted by IR will meet universal accessible design criteria, including classrooms and sanitation facilities.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1 – 5 years.

Policy, standards and regulations
Committing to de-institutionalisation of children with disabilities in formal and in-formal settings and piloting alternative protective and inclusive educational solutions. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1-5 years.

Theme: Inclusive Education
Year: 2018

Access to financial services
Involving persons with disabilities in planning livelihood projects, including cash transfer initiatives and microfinance, to ensure they can benefit on an equal basis with others.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1-5 years.

Theme: Routes to Economic Empowerment
Year: 2018

New programmes or services
Exploring new untraditional partnerships for new programmes with the use of digital technology to support PWD access to services and allow them to participate and voice themselves. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1-5 years.

Theme: Harnessing Technology and Innovation
Year: 2018

Commit resources to support strengthened disability data
Leading on the Inclusion Charter in humanitarian settings and committing to supporting other organisations on the collection and disaggregation of disability data in partnership and coordination with DPOs at national and international level.  

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1-3 years.

Commit to use the Washington Group questions
Committing to the collection and disaggregation of disability data using Washington Group questions to ensure PWD are not left behind. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1-3 years. 

Theme: Data Disaggregation
Year: 2018

Committing to implementing inclusive gender that analyses and act upon the intersectional identities of all women and girls with disabilities and the protection risks they face on different levels.  

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1-5 years.

Theme: Women and Girls with Disabilities
Year: 2018

Strengthening initiatives of protective and inclusive programming in humanitarian context, evidencing and collecting data about best practices of disability inclusion in a gender sensitive way.  

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: 1-3 years.

Theme: Conflict and Humanitarian Contexts
Year: 2018