Christian Aid carried out an assessment on age and disability and set an action plan outlining three key areas:
- organisational policies and commitment
- project and programme design and
- technical capacity, knowledge and skills.
This project was not accompanied with resources for programming and so it has been necessary for the staff members to generate opportunities and funding to ensure that the project objectives are met.
The approach called 'inclusive programming' is a process of ensuring that everyone, regardless of gender, age or other dimension of diversity is treated equitably and given fair and free opportunity to participate and have influence in activities, decisions and structures which affect their life.
Read more about our work on inclusive programming (PDF)
We have brought together our gender sensitive programming materials, institutional guidance packages (such as ECHO gender and age marker) and sector standards into a single simplified approach to guide programming choices and practice in this area.
- Creation of an inclusion working group bridging development and humanitarian with regional input
- Establishment of regional inclusion advisers for Africa and Asia
- Development of a range of practical tools including scoring tool, checklists and training materials
- 19 training sessions with 284 Christian Aid staff and partners being trained
- Extensive trial and refinement of inclusive programming materials through roll out in South Sudan, Myanmar, Kenya, Ethiopia and Nepal
- Capacity development for gender focal points in country programmes in Asia and Africa (x2 5 day workshops including field based practical elements)
- Mobilising resources across the organisation and externally: e.g. PPA funding for inclusion roll out, humanitarian funding from South Sudan and Nepal response and integration into the Irish Aid HPP portfolio
- Trials of data disaggregation and inclusive approaches using digital data in needs assessments in BRACED project, West Africa, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh and Nepal
- Incorporation of inclusive programming approach and intersectionality considerations into existing gender justice strategy
- Capturing lessons learnt in a Leave No One Behind Practice Paper
- Ongoing organisational commitment to increase inclusion through events like gender and inclusion month, signing of the inclusion and disability charters. Read our blog
- 24 individual action plans with resulting changes in monitoring, training of partners, activities at field level
- External engagement and influencing INGO's, START network, GADN network, ACT Alliance (for latter – active contribution to Community of Practice on Disability Inclusion)