HelpAge and HI Launch New Inclusion Standards for Humanitarian Response

On March 15, 2018, Hilton Prize Coalition members HelpAge International in partnership with Humanity & Inclusion co-hosted an event in Washington D.C. entitled “Putting Inclusion into Practice.” The event marked the U.S. launch of the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for Older People and People with Disabilities. The standards, which have been developed by the Age and Disability Capacity Program and funded by the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID), consist of nine key inclusion standards and seven sector-specific standards, designed to work in conjunction with the Sphere Humanitarian Standards and the Core Humanitarian Standard for Quality of Life.

During the event, attendees heard remarks from Kate Bunting, CEO of HelpAge US, Jeff Meer, U.S. Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion, and a panel of humanitarian response experts. Each speaker discussed the importance of inclusion in their respective organizations and how they are bringing purposeful inclusion practices to not just their programs, but to their whole organization.

Each speaker echoed the same sentiment that, as we look to the future, inclusion needs to be more focused and not an added step in the process, but a key piece built into humanitarian response.

The panel consisted of experts in humanitarian response.

View and download the humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities.

(All photos courtesy of HelpAge International US)

About The Hilton Prize Coalition
The Hilton Prize Coalition is an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the Fellows Program, the Collaborative Models Program and the Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat, Global Impact.

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