LINKING DISABILITY AND DISASTERS: THE NEXT 10 YEARS

M. Kett, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, LONDON, United Kingdom

Abstract

This paper reflected on the successes, mistakes and lessons learnt in this field which can help to guide progress in the next decade. Successes included greater emphasis being put on rights-based approaches in humanitarian assistance. Among the weaknesses were definitional inconsistency, lack of good data and continuing failure to involve disabled people and their organisations. International standards and guidelines are not yet adequate for addressing the needs of persons with disabilities but progress is being made (e.g. inclusion of disability in the latest edition of the Sphere standards).

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