Uganda: Photo of an older woman sitting on a wooden chair. She holds a crutch in her hand. She has visual and physical impairments. A young man and a young woman from Handicap International sit next to her. Another young man looks in the direction of the older woman. He is not an employee of the organization.

About the Project

During humanitarian crises, persons with disabilities are often excluded from relief efforts. Environmental, institutional and attitudinal barriers prevent them from participting and accessing humanitarian assistance.

It is therefore essential to raise awareness, develop professional capacities and enhance response capasities for disability-inclusive humananitarian programming and coordination both on local and global level.



Our Goal

We want to ensure that persons with disabilities have equitable access, can pariticipate meaningfully in humanitarian action and enjoy equal protection. The protection and safety of persons with disabilities of all genders and ages is a humanitarian and human rights obligation.

Our goal is to mainstream disability in global and local humanitarian action in line with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action ­­­- the first system-wide globally accepted guidelines on inclusive humanitarian action. We will also scientifically document change processes and promising practices.

What we Do

Infographic, showing the three project pillars and the projects main objective.
The infographic shows the three project pillars next to each other. These are support in the development of global guidelines, capacity building of German actors and their local partners, and applied accompanying research on change processes. The project objective "Mainstreaming Disability in Humanitarian Aid" forms the roof over the project pillars.

Since 2016, the Leave No One Behind! project series focuses on mainstreaming disability in humanitarian action through capacity development, applied research and awareness raising. Phase 2 also significantly supported the development, translation and dissemination of the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.

In Phase 3, we are building on these achievements with our combined expertise. We will support the operationalisation of the IASC Guidelines to enhance response capacities for disability-inclusive humanitarian programming and coordination. Our four main areas of activity are 1. Capacity Development, 2. Development of tools, 3. Set-up and support of technical support and surge capacity mechanisms and 4. Documentation of good and promising practices.


These Were Our Three Starting Points


Lack of international guidelines and coordination for inclusive humanitarian action


Raised awareness, however, only few operational capacities of German humanitarian actors and their local partners for inclusive humanitarian action


Lack of scientific evidence for success factors of change processes in civil society organisations

Whom We Address

The target group infographic
The infographic depicts the target group as a target circle. The inner circle, and therefore most important target group, consists of state and civil society actors. The next circle comprises local actors, then students, and finally the wider humanitarian community as an outer circle.

The project's target group includes both the staff of and the state and civil society humanitarian actors themselves. The project is primarily targeting humanitarian actors that are not specialised in disability inclusion. Persons with various disabilities who are affected by humanitarian emergencies form the indirect target group of the project.

What We Have Achieved on Previous Phases

The project "Phase 2 - Leave no one behind!" has achieved the following successes from 2018 to 2021:

  • supported the finalisation and publication of the IASC Guidelines on "Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action" and translated it into Spanish and French;
  • provided financial and technical support to a total of 7 events to disseminate the IASC Guidelines, reaching approximately 945 participants;
  • with 27 training(-inputs), i.e. 7 in-house, 5 sector-specific, 2 regional and 13 inputs in external trainings, we reached a total of 158 organisations, or 216 organisations accounting for the different national associations;
  • a total of 698 participants took part in our trainings, including many people who took part in more than one training;
  • provided technical support to 13 organisations and conducted 7 in-house trainings; 5 organisations participated in coaching
  • conducted 11 university lectures and reached more than 237 students;
  • placed the topic of disability at 7 humanitarian action and disaster preparedness events and reached approximately 851 participants;
  • published 2 case studies on disability inclusion in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh and South Sudan, as well as two academic articles.

More information on our achievements and project activities of Phase 2, are available in our project review.

Our Areas of Work

Capacity Building (Trainings & Technical Support)

Global Guidelines & Coordination Mechanisms

Applied Accompanying Research

Universities & Specialist Events