Paper: A gradual process of transformation: What we can learn, replicate, and scale from pilot projects on disability inclusion

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Paper authors Sabrina Ebert
In panel on Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Crises: Discourse, Implementation and Evidence
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In recent years, including persons with disabilities in humanitarian action has become a more widely acknowledged commitment among humanitarian actors with the development and launch of the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. Partnerships between mainstream humanitarian actors who want to become more inclusive and disability-focused organisations that have recognized expertise became more common.

In Western Equatoria, South Sudan, Humanity & Inclusion and the World Food Programme have collaborated to implement a seven-month pilot project to strengthen inclusion and meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in food security and livelihood programmes.

The case study looked at key success and hindering factors to sustain change after the project had ended, as well as those factors from the collaboration that can be replicated in other context or scaled in the same context. The case study drew from key informant interviews and focus group discussions with humanitarian actors that contributed to and benefitted from the project, including persons with disabilities and the local community.

The research found that a participatory, collaborative approach and the alignment of the project to the four must do actions of the IASC Guidelines, was a key success factor to sustain change.