The Forgotten People: Including Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

Save-the-date for this one-day seminar in Oslo, Norway on 3rd December 2019.

With numerous armed conflicts around the world, it is critical for the global community to reaffirm its commitment to leaving no one behind in humanitarian response, including persons with disabilities.

Conflicts, emergencies and disasters do not discriminate.

Despite this, the literature consistently highlights that those with disabilities, and particularly those with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, face higher risk and are disproportionately affected.

9.00Opening by the Minister of International Development, Dag-Inge Ulstein
9.10Presentation of the report The forgotten people, by Andrew Kroglund, and hand over to the Minister
9.25Conversation between Jan Egeland (Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council) and Andrew Kroglund – The UN and the humanitarian system; challenges of including the forgotten people in all aspects of humanitarian work
9.40Introduction to the Social Model, UNCRPD and SDGs. Mia Farah and Jane Akinyi (self-advocates from Inclusion International)
10.40Coffee break
11.00Nordic launch of the The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines, Ricardo Pla Cordero, International Rescue Committee
13.00Case 1: Hearing about the experiences of self-advocates, family members, and family organizations from around the world. Lebanese Association for Self-Advocacy (LASA) & Kenya Association of the Intellectually Handicapped (KAIH)
13.30Case 2: Save the Children – Recent example from the field. Sharing challenges, solutions, best practices, giving updated knowledge from ongoing conflicts.
14.00Coffee break
14.15FAQ – frequently asked questions answered by humanitarian actors (questions from persons with disabilities around the world, answered by representatives from “the big 5” of the Norwegian humanitarian organizations).
14.45Wrapping up, in the form of a short conversation between Director Morten Eriksen, the Atlas-alliance, Executive Director Connie Laurin-Bowie, Inclusion International and head of department, Nora Ingdal, Acting Director International Programs, Save the Children, Norway
15:00Programme end

This event is free of charge but registrations are necessary. This event will be in English.

Register here

For practical enquiries, please contact:


The Atlas-Alliance
Inclusion International
Save the Children Norway
The Norwegian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NFU