Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities: Disability and the rights of persons with disabilities
Persons with disabilities are among the most marginalised people in crisis-affected communities and disproportionately affected by conflict and disasters. Facing substantial barriers to accessing assistance, people with disabilities are often not taken into account in humanitarian response or are considered only as recipients of aid and not as actors in the response.
With emergency situations, disasters and conflict increasing worldwide, the suffering and humanitarian needs are driven upwards as well, in particular affecting children. While humanitarian principles require that assistance be delivered impartially to those most in need without discrimination, a “one-size fits-all” emergency response tends to overlook the specific, yet wide-ranging, vulnerabilities of young girls and boys in emergency contexts.
Challenges from COVID-19 bring new opportunities for the future of civil society organisations. These challenges and opportunities call for a conversation over what we want to see in society, and in the humanitarian, social justice and environmental sectors. In a series of articles and a collaborative webinar ICVA’s ED, Ignacio Packer, along with other leaders of civil society networks & platforms share their thoughts and identify possible new directions that civil society organisations may want to go.
Peace remains on uncertain ground in policy and practice, as highlighted by many of the organisations involved in the Voice Nexus reporting and the recent Berlin Centre for Humanitarian Action webinar on the paper recently released by Marc du Bois highlighting the need to overcome top-down institutional discussion to genuine people-centred action.
We therefore ask our local partners, field teams and civil society to reflect on what peace means to us as humanitarian and development responders and what are our priorities moving forward? How does this reflect and connect with IASC recent thinking and EU level action?
Sheri Arnott: Director of Policy, Disaster Management | World Vision International
The zero draft of the IASC Results Group 4 issues paper on “Peace in the nexus” is now ready for feedback. Sheri will present key elements of the issues paper for discussion and feedback, with a view to contributing to a discussion on how humanitarian and development actors respectively contribute to the sustaining peace agenda.
Mat Gai: National NGO focal Point -The Secretariat | South Sudan NGO forum
Reflections on convergences and divergences between the IASC and multi-lateral level framing of peace in the nexus rand that of local and national civil society actors.
Martina Zapf: Senior IPAT Manager | Interpeace
Interpeace perspectives on the local and EU level implementation of peace with practical insights on connecting actors, integration of the local dimension and complementarity.
Marzia Monterrumo: Research Director | HERE Geneva
With her recent in-depth investigation and reporting on Unpacking Humanitarianism, Marzia Monterrumo will join the dots of the webinar to explore the nuances and context specific actions necessary to operationalise the ideal of complementary humanitarian, development and peace action.