Although available data on disability is not comprehensive, global estimates suggest that around 15% of people in a given population will have some kind of disability. This may be substantially higher in humanitarian settings. Older age intersects significantly with disability as an estimated 46% of those over 60 have a disability.
The lack of inclusive mechanisms for participation means that people with disabilities and older people often face a range of barriers to participating in decision-making for programmes and activities that directly affect them.
The lack of inclusive mechanisms for participation means that people with disabilities and older people often face a range of barriers to participating in decision-making for programmes and activities that directly affect them. Representative organisations such as organisations for people with disabilities (OPDs) and older people’s organisations (OPAs) are also often left out of discussions where their voice and expertise could contribute to the development and implementation of more inclusive programmes.
To enable the sustainable mainstreaming of any inclusive mechanisms for participation, they will need to be backed up by evidence of their effectiveness. However, there are currently few approaches, metrics and tools on how to assess the effectiveness of such participation mechanisms. Our Gap Analysis found that there is a lack of documented evidence on the impacts and outcomes of increased participation of people with disabilities and older people in decision making. There is also a need for increased understanding of the effectiveness of OPDs in enabling meaningful participation.
Projects will be at the Invention or Adaptation stage of humanitarian innovation. Projects at the Invention stage will generate ideas and develop a prototype for early-stage testing. Those at the Adaptation stage will match an existing solution to a new problem and context.
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Enhancing Learning & Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) is looking for innovative mechanisms to increase the meaningful participation of people with disabilities and older people in humanitarian action, and innovative ways of assessing the effectiveness of these mechanisms.
ELRHA envisages funding a selection of projects with varying budgets, generally between 150,000 and 300,000 GBP. Please consider the range provided as suggestive and align proposed budgets and timelines with your project’s ambition.
Each project is expected to last between 15 and 20 months. All project-related activities must be completed by 30 September 2022. The total duration of projects should cover all activities including the implementation/piloting of the proposed participation mechanism, assessing its effectiveness, and the sharing of lessons learned with other innovators selected for this Challenge, as well as with the broader humanitarian sector.
Applications must consist of a partnership of any legally registered entity with at least one operational humanitarian organisation and at least one organisation for persons with disabilities or older people’s association working in the place of implementation (either can be the lead applicant).
The deadline for EOIs is 7 August 2020 (23:59 BST).
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