Field Research in South Sudan on Inclusive Humanitarian Action


Applied Accompanying Research
Cover photo of the South Sudan field report. Shows a group of people sitting together.

Our project “Phase 2 – Leave no one behind!” promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. Based on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, we support a better understanding of the human rights-based approach to disability in humanitarian action. 

To improve the understanding of challenges in implementing disability inclusive humanitarian action, and to document progress and good practices, part of the project is dedicated to research. 

Our second case study focuses on the implementation of the so-called four “must do” actions of the IASC Guidelines in South Sudan. See below an overview of the key findings: 

  • Misconceptions and prejudices against persons with disabilities continue to persist in society and among humanitarian staff. 
  • Reliable, countrywide data on disability prevalence is not available
  • OPDs have further professionalized due to support from inclusion-focused NGOs, which operate under a dual mandate, in both development and humanitarian sectors. 
  • In addition, aid services for people with disabilities are becoming much more inclusive. 
  • Some international organizations are setting up special focal points to make their project and programmes more inclusive.  
  • Humanitarian staff increasingly participates in training courses of so-called “inclusion-focused” organizations. In doing so, they increase their awareness of disability and strengthen their capacity in inclusive humanitarian action. 
  • However, more capacity building is needed to advance the inclusion of persons with disabilities. 
  • Particular attention should be given to data collection and analysis. Data must be disaggregated by age/gender/type of disability and become the basis of every project.  
  • In addition, there is a need for information sharing and data on the risks, barriers and needs of persons with disabilities, particularly in remote regions that are difficult to access.  
  • Moreover, persons with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities need to become more involved in humanitarian action. 

Our organization has benefited a lot in terms of the capacity building, trainings, and from gap assessment in terms of inclusion. It has helped us to come up with a new disability guide for the country office, which will inform our programming. 

 Interview, representative of an United Nations Agency

When we look at disability inclusion, it is becoming one of our strongest pillars in our new policy. 

Interview, representative of an United Nations Agency

Download the Report

The report can be found accessible to people with various impairments in the following formats here: 

Download the Executive Summary

A brief summary with key findings and a brief overview of data collection and analysis is available here: 

The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) and carried out together with the Christoffel Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V. (CBM) and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Humanitarian Law (IFHV) at the Ruhr-University Bochum.