This briefing paper explores the context around disability inclusion in different elements of humanitarian action and provides recommendations and case studies of CBM Australia’s programming.

People with disabilities represent the world’s largest minority, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population. Disasters have a greater impact on people with disabilities, who are up to four times more likely to be injured or to die during a disaster.

In many crisis-affected communities, people with disabilities experience multiple disadvantages resulting from the interplay of poverty and discrimination, such as social exclusion and lack of basic services and information. It is estimated that up to 80 per cent of people with disabilities who are impacted by crises are already living in poverty.