Humanitarian needs to be addressed are those arising from conflict driven internal displacement of older people and persons with disabilities. An ethnic based conflict has been affecting the Oromia region as well as the adjacent Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNP) region, since 2018. Due to conflict the areas have faced major devastation to infrastructure and service provision reducing their capacity to cope with COVID-19. Furthermore the area suffers from recurring drought due to climate change induced problems. Due to focus of the government and other NGOs being on the conflict resolution the area has not received attention on funding on Covid-19 response.
Persons with disabilities and older people will actively audit the humanitarian practices, and generate their contextualized strategies. Platforms will be created to support learning and innovative solutions to improve existing humanitarian practices.
Barriers that hinder the meaningful participation of older people and persons with disabilities in humanitarian context will be identified through this project. Locally contextualized and tailored strategies will be designed to remove the barriers through the active and meaningful participation of older people and persons with disabilities. This will enable OPAs and OPDs to have their voices heard, increase their capacity and be able to access humanitarian support where necessary.
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