The Age and Disability Capacity Programme (ADCAP) was initiated by CBM, DisasterReady.org, Handicap International, HelpAge International (lead agency), IFRC, Oxford Brookes University and RedR UK. It was funded by DFID’s Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) and the Office for US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). ADCAP started in September 2014 and ended in March 2018. Its objective is to enhance the technical capacity of local, national and international humanitarian sector and cluster actors to effectively reflect and respond to specific needs of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian programming. The main programme included the development of e-learnings, webinars and trainings on age and disability inclusion and a good practice guide; the funding for positions of ADCAP Inclusion Advisors in UK, Kenya and Pakistan; and the development, piloting and revision of the minimum standards for the inclusion of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian action. During October 2017, ADCAP commissioned an evaluation to provide an assessment of the results of the programme, outlining lessons for use in future policy work and programme design and focused on six main criteria, including relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and value for money, accountability and learning, and sustainability. The data for this analysis was collected through review of program documents and interviews with key stakeholders within and outside the consortium globally. The evaluation found that overall the programme has done well along all the six key criteria despite some problems related to partnerships and consortium working and its complexities due to the number of stakeholders involved and its global span.
Key Recommendations for ADCAP and future similar programmes
– To enhance equity among people with disabilities and older people, ensure that programme materials provide sufficient attention to sub-groups at greater risk of discrimination, e.g., older women, women and children with disabilities and people with neglected disabilities.
– To enhance programme coverage and influence, consider having a mix of medium and larger INGOs and UN agencies for placing Inclusion Advisors and having at least one Advisor work primarily with the larger aid industry in a country or region.
– To enhance the sustainability of programme activities, invest greater effort in developing communities of practice nationally, regionally and globally
– To reduce partnership conflicts and delays later, invest greater effort initially in identifying the right size and membership of consortia and specifying the ways of working and decision-making and division of labour protocols.
– To provide greater guidance to NGO consortia programmes, undertake research through the Start Network platform on identifying strengths, weaknesses, lessons learnt and good practices related to the working of consortia in NGO programmes
– To enhance effectiveness and equity, ensure greater involvement of older people and people with disabilities and their representatives in the programme.
– To enhance the sustainability and success of the Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities, the Good Practice Guide and other programme outputs, invest continued effort after ADCAP’s end to ensure wide dissemination and use, e.g., by establishing a dedicated full-time position, preferably within an impartial, non-specialist and high profile network.
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