Disability Inclusion Working Group

The aim of the Disability Inclusion Working Group is to ensure more streamlined and coordinated responses by humanitarian and development actors in Afghanistan that better meet the needs of affected people. It is proposed that the DIWG will be an inter-agency and inter-cluster technical working group established to support the humanitarian and development system in advancing disability inclusion issues in Afghanistan. The goal is to bring together a range of actors working in this space including UN agencies, national and international NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, Organisations of Person with Disabilities (OPDs), Private Sectors to address the full spectrum of factors that impact people living with disabilities in Afghanistan. While some may work directly with individuals in terms of services and assistance, there is a significant amount of normative and advocacy work to be done to ensure these issues are mainstreamed across all programming and are high on the national agenda. The broad areas of work by the group are below and members may decide on a range of tasks and projects within these:

  1. Strengthen disability inclusion in the Humanitarian Response Cycle through active engagement in the HNO and HRP processes and other processes
  2. Strengthen disability inclusive programming in both humanitarian and development-oriented actions through capacity building on disability inclusive programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  3. Support development and use of tools and guidelines to strengthen disability inclusion in humanitarian and development response in line with IASC Guidelines on Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Response
  4. Facilitate active engagement and participation of Person with disabilities and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs)

The Disability Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) will collaborate and work closely with all relevant existing technical working groups and clusters, particularly on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Accountability to Affected People (AAP), Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA), and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), as well as the Protection and Health Clusters to strengthen policy and practice on disability inclusion.


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