Developing Training Package on Disability-Inclusive WASH 


Capacity Building
Woman distributing hygiene kits to persons.

The Phase 3 – Leave no one behind! project has begun the development of a training package on disability inclusion in the humanitarian Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) response.

During the previous project phase, we identified an ongoing need for expert sector-specific skills and knowledge on inclusive humanitarian action, and through this activity we aim to support addressing this gap for the humanitarian WASH sector. In collaboration with WASH actors – including UNICEF, German Toilet Organisation, Malteser International, Inclusion Africa, and WaterAid – our project aims to create a modularized training resource based on chapter 18 of the IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.  

The training package will be based on and incorporate the previously developed Training Package on Introduction to Inclusive Humanitarian Action from the Disability Reference Group. Those 7 modules, from Introduction to Disability to disability-inclusive Accountability to Affected Populations (DiAAP), will be adapted to the WASH sector and two additional modules on disability-inclusive Menstrual Health & Hygiene (DiMHH) and disability-inclusive community engagement will be developed. Combining PowerPoint presentations, facilitator guidelines, participants’ knowledge and skills asssessments, practical case studies, and group work, this package will contribute to mainstreaming disability inclusion in the humanitarian WASH response through capacity building.  

We welcome actors with relevant WASH and Disability-Inclusion expertise to support this development in the next months. You can support by joining the review group to provide feedback on developed materials at different stages of the process, by submitting relevant capacity building materials on DiWASH or to engage in piloting the modules in April or May 2024.

Please contact Amanda Panella and Haakon Spriewald for more information on the package or the various support options in the review of this package to enhance its relevance. 

The “Phase 3 – Leave no one behind!” project focuses on mainstreaming disability in global and local humanitarian action in line with the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion through capacity development, tool development, the set-up and support of technical support and surge capacity mechanisms, and documentation of good and promising practices. It is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented in cooperation with the Christoffel-Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V. (CBM) and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at the Ruhr-University Bochum.