Task group during a meeting in the EU Parliament

Conflict and Emergencies

Disasters and violent conflicts exacerbate both poverty and disability: people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by disasters and conflicts, and disasters and conflict can result in increased numbers of people with disabilities from both direct and indirect actions. Several of IDDC members work in emergencies and Disaster Risk Reduction.

How is IDDC involved?

Exclusion on the grounds of disability is a human rights issue. Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights Persons with Disabilities specifically focuses on ‘situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies’. Implementing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies and programs support communities to better cope with disaster and people with disabilities have to be included all along.

Though there is limited data in this field, evidence suggests that people with disabilities are among the most excluded and marginalised from both immediate interventions and longer-term recovery or rehabilitation programmes.


Through the IDDC Focal Point on Conflict and Emergencies, IDDC members and partners can keep each other informed on this important thematic. People interested in joining the mailing list can contact the IDDC Secretariat through info@iddcconsortium.net

Conflict and Emerency Taskgroup: Events, Actions, and Campaigns

Our Resources and Tools page provides policy contributions, position papers, events, actions, and campaigns related to Conflict and Emergencies and disaster risk reduction.