Humanitarian agencies often fail to incorporate the needs and input of older people and people with disabilities into their programmes. As a result, these groups continue to face significant barriers in accessing appropriate assistance and protection. The Age and Disability Capacity Programme (ADCAP) aims to work towards strengthening the capacity of humanitarian agencies to deliver age and disability-inclusive emergency response.
The programme uses a combination of technical resources (including webinars, online learning modules, and training packages) and focused capacity strengthening to support agencies to adapt existing programmes and to set up targeted activities where needed, so that older people and people with disabilities will receive humanitarian assistance that is accessible and appropriate to their needs.The programme is also developing a set of ‘Minimum Standards for Age and Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Action.’ A pilot version, published in July 2015, will undergo a process of consultation and practical field testing through ADCAP programme partners, before being finalised towards the end of the project period. These Minimum Standards are the first of their kind, and will act as a guiding resource for humanitarian practitioners.
Finally, the ADCAP programme supports eight Age and Disability Inclusion Advisors in six different humanitarian agencies in Kenya, Pakistan and at head offices in the UK. Based on organisational action plans for inclusion, signed off by senior management, these Inclusion Advisors are working to make their own agencies’ programmes more inclusive, and also training and supporting other organisations in their countries to follow suit and achieve better outcomes for older people and people with disabilities.