IDA, UNICEF and CBM Global, through the Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action (DRG), are proud to introduce the 2022-23 cohort of the DRG Fellowship program.

IDA, UNICEF, and CBM Global through The Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action (DRG) is recruiting seven (7) Regional OPD Fellows to support the DRG in the...

The Disability Reference Group (co-chaired by UNICEF, IDA and CBM-Global) are pleased to invite you to a side event of the Global Disability Summit on 16 February 2022 from 1 to 2.15 PM CET / 7 to 8.15 AM EST. called Looking Forward to Strengthened Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies.


In 2019, the launch of the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action marked an important point in efforts to ensure that persons with disabilities are fully included as both beneficiaries and actors in humanitarian response. The Reference Group aims to sustain gains made and further advance disability inclusive humanitarian action, for a real impact to be seen ‘on the ground’.

The Reference Group is a platform fostering cooperation between UN, International Agencies, NGOs and organizations of persons with disabilities in promoting disability inclusive humanitarian response, including, but not limited to, supporting the development, dissemination and implementation of key guidance materials, including the IASC Guidelines. The Group will build on and reinforce efforts of individual organizations in this regard; and links with broader processes for strengthening the quality and accountability of humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Membership of the Group is open to international, regional and local organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies, as well as interagency networks, multilateral or bilateral agencies, private sector, academics and others committed to promoting inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action.

From 2020 the Reference Group is co-chaired by the International Disability Alliance, CBM Global and UNICEF. 

Humanitarian Acronyms

In order to ensure clear understanding of humanitarian documents, DRG Co-Chairs have put together a list of commonly used humanitarian acronyms. This list will be updated frequently with new acronyms. Please click HERE to download the list in PDF and HERE to download the Word Format.

Related Documents

The second Global Disability Summit will be held on February 2022, hosted by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Governments of Norway and Ghana. In the lead-up to this important event, we call on governments, multilateral agencies and civil society to ensure that over 41 million children and adults with disabilities in humanitarian settings are not left behind as commitments are made to promote the rights of persons with disabilities worldwide.

This call to action provides an overview of concrete commitments that all partners can make, to further progress towards ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities in humanitarian emergences.

How to apply IASC Guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic? Key messages endorsed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee

The IASC Key Messages on Applying IASC Guidelines on Disability in the COVID-19 Response, was developed by the Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, in consultation with IASC Results Group 2 on Accountability and Inclusion, as well as the OPAG.  This note provides an overview of the factors that may put persons with disabilities at heightened risk in the COVID-19 pandemic and response in humanitarian settings; and proposes actions to address these risks. This note draws on the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, applying these to the COVID-19 pandemic. This note is intended for use by field coordinators, camp managers and public health personnel, as well as national and local governments and the wider humanitarian community, including organizations of persons with disabilities, who are involved in the decision making and implementation of multi-sectorial COVID-19 outbreak readiness and response activities in humanitarian settings.