Persons with disabilities are estimated to represent 15 percent of the world’s population. In humanitarian contexts, they may form a much higher percentage. They are among the most marginalized people in crisis-affected communities and are disproportionately affected by conflict and emergency situations. The guidelines set out essential actions that humanitarian actors must take in order to effectively identify and respond to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities who are most at risk of being left behind in humanitarian settings.
Based on the outcomes of a comprehensive global and regional multi-stakeholder consultation process, the guidelines are designed to promote the implementation of quality humanitarian programmes in all contexts and across all regions, and to establish and increase both the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their meaningful participation in all decisions that concern them. The guidelines are designed primarily for use by national, regional and international humanitarian actors who are involved in policy making, coordination, programming and funding.