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 accessing humanitarian action. Hence raising awareness in a comprehensive way and building professional capacities in order to mainstream inclusion in humanitarian action is absolutely necessary.

Our Goal

We support an equal and effective participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. The protection and safety of persons with disabilities of every gender and age is a humanitarian and human rights duty.

Our goal is to strengthen disability inclusion within humanitarian action as well as support and scientifically document change processes of state and civil society actors.

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.

In phase 2 (2018-2021) we want to build onto these achievement. We support the development and finalisation of global guidelines, promote capacity building for German actors and their local partners and carry out an applied accompanying research on change processes.

Important developments were already made in Germany during the first project phase 1 (2016-2018) thanks to its provision of various seminars and technical support.


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

This is our Target Group

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 happened so far

So far, the project “Phase 2 – Leave no one behind!” and its project partners:

  • supported the finalisation, publication and distribution of the global IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action
  • carried out 3 in-house awareness-raising sessions and 3 inputs during external trainings as well as 2 sector-specific trainings and 1 online seminar
  • provided technical support to 10 organisations
  • incorporated disability as a cross-cutting issue at 3 specialist events
  • concluded awareness-raising activities on inclusive humanitarian action for students of 3 universities
  • carried out 1 field research in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Our Fields of Work

Capacity Building (Trainings & Technical Support)

Global Guidelines & Coordination Mechanisms

Applied Accompanying Research

Universities & Specialist Events