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.

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

List of core members of the Reference Group as of July 1, 2020

  • Abilis Foundation
  • Arbeiter Samariter Bund e.V (ASB)
  • CBM Global
  • Centre de Recherche JURISCONSULTE
  • Community Association for Vulnerable Persons
  • Humanity & Inclusion (HI)
  • International Consortium of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)
  • International Disability Alliance
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Oxfam GB
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
  • Women with Disability Self Reliance Foundation
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Institute on Disability

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