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Mainstreaming disability into disaster risk management in Indonesia and Philippines : lesson learned from the project


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This report compiles the lessons learned during Handicap International’s initiatives to mainstream disability into disaster risk management (DRM) through programmes implemented in Indonesia and Philippines.  It presents an overview of the programmes and the lessons learned that were identified and selected with a potential for replication or adaptation by other actors in other contexts, either as a full approach or with a focus on a specific component.

The lessons learned were identified through the development of case studies highlighting important steps of the project, a review of all available documentation, including project reports, proposal and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with project partners; notes of workshops, trainings and meetings; as well as interviews with key stakeholders.

This document was developed to accompany a training manual for DRM stakeholders, which provides practical tools and modules on how to implement disability-inclusive DRM. Both documents can serve as resources for DRM stakeholders aiming at mainstreaming disability in their initiatives

Giving voice to the voiceless : a communicating for advocacy publication

September 2007

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Using a rights-based approach, this project sought to develop the capacity of poor and marginalised groups in South and South-East Asia both to influence practice and policy, and for information exchange and skills transfer by health and development agencies. The project focused on four main themes: training, advocacy, communication and networking, and the lessons learned from it are set out in the report

Focus on disability [whole issue]


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This issue of Health Alert discusses mainstreaming disability and the issues of poverty, development, and practice. The three roundtable discussions that took place in Malawi, India and Cambodia are also featured -- discussions that provided a venue for people with disabilities to highlight the links between disability, poverty, and economics. The discussions also emphasized the role of Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Other articles describe DPOs that have advanced the empowerment of people with disabilities. The Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (House without Stairs) in the Philippines produces wheelchairs made by people in wheelchairs themselves. In Bangladesh, the Focusing on Lens project of SARPV showcases the photographs taken by people with visual impairments and mental health difficulties. Toitomboor’s Vision 2020 allows visually impaired children to participate in essay writing contests using Braille or audiocassettes. The stories of Luc and Peach show how people with disabilities overcome their disabilities to live full and productive lives in their communities and wider society

Identifying disability issues related to poverty reduction : Philippines country study


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This country report describes the situation of disabled people in the Philippines. It gives an overview about the country, reviews the legislation, describes disability organisations and development agencies and lays out the results of a participatory programme. In addition to this, the report analyses the connections between disability and poverty by reviewing the current programmes and showing the gaps. The recommendations of the report urge to pay special attention to activities in the fields of inclusion, participation, access and quality


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