International Day of People with Disability: 3rd December 2014.
This year UN-Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) has marked International Day of People with disability as ‘Sustainable Development: Use of Technology”. Among its three sub topics, Disaster Risk Reduction and building community resilience has been of an interest to Handicap International for some time.
Building the resilience of individuals and communities to Disasters, can have multiplier effects and accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Reducing vulnerabilities to these hazards is therefore a high priority for developing countries. Any scale of a natural disaster can also make the poor and marginalized in those areas more vulnerable. Within this background, Inclusive Community Resilience for Sustainable Disaster Risk Management (INCRISD) is implemented byHandicap International and (aconsortium of members including ACTED, Save the Children , Oxfam GB and Australia) targeting disaster prone areas as part of the DIPECHO funded programme in South Asia. Among many others INCRISD focuses on developing early warning systems, vulnerability mapping, technological transfer and training.
On the same day, Handicap International is taking part at the TIDE, Technology Interventions for Disabled and Elderly, (a programme funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology GoI) where all the inventions will be showcased.
On the day observing the International Day of People with Disability, promoting sustainable development via the use of technology, we would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the work that has been done with vulnerable and marginalised in South Asia, including India.
About Handicap International
Handicap International is an independent international aid organization. It has been working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster for more than 30 years. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. Since it was founded in 1982, Handicap International has set up development programs in more than 60 countries and intervenes in numerous emergency situations. The network of eight national associations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States) works constantly to mobilize resources, jointly manage projects and to increase the impact of the organization’s principles and actions. Handicap International is one of six founding organizations of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 and the winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Award in 2011. Handicap International takes action and campaigns in places where “standing tall” is no easy task.