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Planning and managing disability inclusive humanitarian response

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Group work to define strategies of humanitarian response

In May/June 2011 CBM helped run a five-day workshop in India on ‘Managing Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Response’. Attendees included partner organisations, and national (Indian Government) and international bodies.

CBM organises five-day workshop

From May 30th to June 03rd 2011, CBM South Asia (North), in collaboration with RedR India (RedR India is part of the International RedR network that works in the humanitarian sector and builds the capacities of individuals and response organisations) organised a five-day workshop on ‘Planning & Managing Inclusive Humanitarian Response’ in New Delhi, India.

Importance of inclusion in emergency response

Inclusive emergency response is an important aspect of the way CBM strives to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in some of the world’s poorest countries.  CBM’s mandate covers any kind of crisis regardless of its type and nature. It is apparent that persons with disabilities are most vulnerable to disaster situations and have greater difficulty in gaining timely access to basic needs.
CBM South Asia (North)’s engagement in humanitarian response aims to help affected local communities in restoring and maintaining quality of life with human dignity and respect of basic human rights, in the minimum time possible.

Diverse group

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Training participants from South Asia Region
The 26 participants in this workshop included representatives from CBM partner organisations from India, Nepal & Bangladesh, CBM South Asia (South), RedR India, Sphere India and State Disaster Management Authority (Govt. of India).


CBM team members ensured that the venue of workshop was accessible and thus motivated the hotel management to construct a ramp for access before the workshop could start.

Topics covered

  • Sphere Standards
  • The Humanitarian Charter
  • Protection Principles
  • The Core Standards on WASH; Food Security & Nutrition, Shelter, Settlement & Non-food items; Health Action
The focus was more on how Sphere standards can be made inclusive in reality during humanitarian response.

Inauguration and conclusion

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N.Vinod Chandra Menon (Member - National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India)
The training program was inaugurated by N.Vinod Chandra Menon (Member – National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India).  In his inaugural speech he highlighted that

"During disaster preparedness, it is important to carry out risk assessment to identify potential areas vulnerable to disasters like floods or earthquakes.

"By involving Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in risk mapping, the possible barriers they may face during an emergency situation can be understood and special measures can be designed to address such concerns through participatory and inclusive processes."

The training program was concluded by Vikrant Mahajan (CEO, Sphere India) who highlighted the focus of Sphere for inclusion of all vulnerable groups in the new humanitarian guidelines released in 2011. 
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Winning combination of cricket and inclusion

Message by India’s T20 Blind Cricket Team on celebrating CBM India’s winning combination of cricket and inclusion.

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Why Vidya must go to school

We all feel very strongly about the need of education for enabling children to find opportunities and addressing development challenges of the country


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