Paper: Meaningfully Engaging People with Disabilities in the Rohingya Camps of Bangladesh: The Journey of Inclusion.

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Paper authors Liton Paul, Program Operation Manager, Inclusive Humanitarian Actions for the Rohingya and Host Community, Centre for Disability in Development (CDD).
In panel on Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Crises: Discourse, Implementation and Evidence
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In the Balukhali, Cox’s Bazar camps of FDMNs/Rohingya community, the people with disabilities faced significant challenges. The lack of accessible pathway & infrastructure and social stigma, lack of awareness & capacity hindered their participation in the community. This paper will illustrate the process of meaningfully engaging Rohingya people with disabilities in a contributory role for inclusive humanitarian actions.

CDD, with the support of CBM Global Disability Inclusion, has been implementing the Inclusive Humanitarian Actions for the Rohingya and Host Community since the end of 2017. The key intervention package includes the provision of community-based multidisciplinary rehabilitation services and disability mainstreaming interventions. Along the journey of this Program, CDD has recognized that the engagement of people with disabilities is very limited. Achieving inclusivity in the humanitarian response is challenging without their meaningful participation and contribution in the process. To improve and enhance their meaningful participation and to empower them to promote disability inclusion in humanitarian action, CDD and CBMG decided to establish Disability Support Committees (DSC) in the Rohingya camps.

In 2019, CDD formed four Disability Support Committees in the Rohingya camps. After their formation, CDD provided technical support to strengthen the capacity of DSC members through training, workshops, awareness sessions, roundtable meetings, and monthly meetings. These committees now function as self-advocacy groups, raising their voices in various working groups and sector meetings to advocate for the removal of barriers and greater inclusivity in the Rohingya response.
Recognizing the success of DSC's other international agencies are replicating and supporting this model in the Rohingya Camps.