People with disabilities and older people are frequently excluded from humanitarian preparedness activities even though they are among the most at risk, vulnerable and marginalised during and after humanitarian crises. Evidence has shown that only 15% of people with disabilities in communities affected by crises had participated in disaster management activities, and that 72% of people with disabilities did not have a personal preparedness plan in the event of a disaster (Pacific Disability Forum, 2013). Though there are limited examples of good practice, the rights, knowledge and agency of people with disabilities and older people are too often overlooked during preparedness activities.
We are looking to support the humanitarian community to explore how inclusive preparedness can enable inclusive humanitarian response, from the perspectives and experiences of people with disabilities, older people and representative organisations.
|Stage||Stage 1: Ideation and Stage 2: Research & Development|
|Focus Areas||Ageing (Health)|
All projects must focus on preparedness activities in one or more specific humanitarian settings to be eligible for this Innovation Challenge. We are open to projects in all humanitarian settings and phases of response. We are particularly interested in contexts with cyclical crises (eg, drought- and flood-prone areas, areas affected by cyclones, cyclical conflict) where preparedness plays a key role. Preparedness and response will be directly shaped by the local geography, type of humanitarian crisis, and important contextual factors such as social norms, religion, demographics and political situation.
The lead applicant organisation must be a legally registered entity (ie, civil society organisation – including representative organisations, international non-governmental organisation, national non-governmental organisation, academic/research institution, government, private company, Red Cross/ Red Crescent movement, United Nations agency or programme). Applicants are expected to provide relevant evidence (eg, registration document) at the EoI stage.
– Your project must be at the Problem Recognition stage of humanitarian innovation.
– Your application must consist of a partnership with at least one operational humanitarian organisation and at least one OPA or OPD working in the place of implementation (either can be the lead applicant).
– Your project must recognise that disability and older age intersect and focuson increasing the meaningful participation of both older people and people with disabilities.
– Your project must focus on a specific humanitarian setting.
To apply for this Challenge, register via our Common Grant Application platform.