Making inclusion in humanitarian settings a reality

DG ECHO’s guidance note on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in EU-funded humanitarian aid operations

Globally, an estimated 15 % of people have a disability, a proportion which is likely to rise. Ways to deliver assistance and protection to persons with disabilities in humanitarian settings are insufficiently adapted. Due to discrimination, as well as environmental, physical and social barriers, they are more likely to be excluded from emergency responses and humanitarian services. The European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) has developed a guidance note to address the specific needs of persons with disabilities in humanitarian settings. This session aims to raise awareness and discuss good practices to ensure better, safer, more accessible and inclusive humanitarian aid.

Organised by


Monique Pariat
Director General - DG for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operation - EC
European Commission - DG for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operation
Ioannis Vardakastanis
European Disability Forum
Sien Andries
Global Specialist Inclusive Humanitarian Action
Humanity and Inclusion
Mohamad Jolo
Self Advocate
Satu Santala
Director General of the Department for Development Policy
Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
Christos Stylianides
EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
European Comission