Thursday 19th July 2018

At next week’s Global Disability Summit, Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) will be highlighting their role in ensuring the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout all levels of humanitarian programming.

At a spotlight session Beyond Immediate Needs: Lessons from Syria and The Region, at the summit with Prince Mired bin Raad, Jordanian Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities; and representatives from the Australian Government, UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee, CEO Naser Haghamed will be talking about the challenges of meeting both immediate and longer term needs of people with disabilities as part of the humanitarian response in Syria and neighbouring countries and provide recommendations to address those challenges

IRW has been scaling up its framework around disability inclusion through ensuring that strategies and policies prioritise disability inclusion, piloting a new approach to programme design and implementation in the field and training staff on protection and inclusion, both at headquarters and in the field.

Speaking about disability inclusion, CEO Naser Haghamed said,

“Through the Charter for Change we need to hold ourselves and others to account over what we promise at summits such as this one on global disability. What is discussed over the two days in London next week is a major milestone in a positive change towards achieving the representation and leadership of people with disabilities at local, national and international levels. I affirm that I along with Islamic Relief Worldwide will work to hold governments, our colleagues in the aid sector and other civil society groups accountable in working with people with disabilities to build an inclusive future where they can live their lives in dignity and realise their full potential.”


Also at the summit, in partnership with Deafkidz International and Every1Mobile, IRW will be exploring digital power in leveraging the representation and participation of people with disabilities worldwide through looking into; brining about social behavioural change, creating communities of practice and overcoming access barriers.  As well as encouraging public engagement amongst people with disabilities, in an exciting, accessible and interactive display in the marketplace of the summit.


Notes for editor

Islamic Relief Worldwide will be at the Global Disability Summit on 23-24 July in Stratford, London.

Naser Haghamed will be taking part in the spotlight session “Beyond Immediate Needs: Lessons from Syria and The Region”, on day 2 at 12.15pm

A joint team from Islamic Relief Worldwide, Deafkidz International and Every1Mobile will be manning a stand “Let’s Talk Inclusion: Digital Solutions” in the Marketplace promoting innovative solutions for people with disabilities in accessing information and education.

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