Panel Discussion on the Implementation of the IASC Guidelines on Disability Inclusion in Syria


Global Guidelines & Coordination Mechanisms Universitäten & Fachveranstaltungen
Cover Photo: Kate Holt/ Handicap International (2021). A Syrian woman living in Lebanon is standing in front of a camera together with her granddaughter who has an intellectual impairment.

Handicap International (HI) and the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) cordially invite you to a joint event on the implementation of the IASC Guidelines in Syria on 29 September 12:30-2pm (CEST). Registration is now open.

Using the Syrian crisis as an example, representatives from a non-governmental organisation, an international organisation and from the affected population with disabilities will discuss how the guidelines are applied in humanitarian practice and what challenges remain. In addition, we are pleased that a representative of the Federal Foreign Office will open the event with a welcoming speech.

Guiding Questions:

Almost two years after the launch of the IASC Guidelines we will discuss about how these have been used in humanitarian practice and which challenges remain:

  • What are observations and experiences noted by the affected population with disabilities of diverse gender, age and socioeconomic backgrounds in accessing humanitarian assistance in Syria?
  • Have the IASC Guidelines helped to guide donors and humanitarian actors at country and headquarter level to strengthen the inclusion, protection and safety of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action?
  • What are the challenges to apply the IASC Guidelines and better include a diverse group of the affected population at high risk of being vulnerable?


Welcome by Pit Köhler, Head of Division, Humanitarian Assistance – Policy, International Organisations, Multilateral Coordination, German Federal Foreign Office

Discussion with:

  • Davide Amurri, Deputy Manager – Head of Monitoring Humanitarian Financing Unit, Syria Cross-border Humanitarian Fund (SCHF), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
  • Gulnaz Ibrahim, Ambassador for Persons with Disabilities in Northeast Syria
  • Ibrahim Kader, Emergency Programs Coordinator, North East Syria (NES), Mercy Corps
  • Ralf Südhoff, Director, Centre for Humanitarian Action

Date and Time: 29 September 2021, 12:30 to 2:00pm
Format: Online via Zoom
Language: English
Accessibility: International Sign Interpretation and Live Captioning (ENG) will be provided. If you require any other reasonable accommodation, please inform us in advance.
Registration: Here

We will share the invitation with the registration link in due course, and hope to see many of you on 29 September.
If you have any questions, please contact

The event is supported through the project Phase 2 – Leave no one behind! and financed by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Background Material