Accelerating disability inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction

Disasters can affect everyone. However, individuals that belong to the most at-risk groups such as persons with disabilities face higher risks and are disproportionately affected due to a wide range of barriers, including stigma and discrimination. 

CBM, alongside its partners is promoting disability inclusive disaster risk reduction globally, including facilitating organizations of people with disabilities (OPDs) to participate in and lead DRR activities.

At this event, four panelists will present good practices and success stories from their roles in ensuring disability inclusion in DRR in a Covid-19 impacted world. 

The panel will:  

  • stress the importance of the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian and development activities  
  • highlight examples of persons with disabilities acting as important DRR resources and change agents within their communities  
  • promote efforts for mainstreaming disability inclusion in DRR.

Session objectives

  • Present key insights from the field from several contexts and identifying good practice as well as issues of concern in implementing DRR from perspectives of an OPD, a mainstream civil society network, government, the United Nations, academia, and a specialist organisation. 
  • Encourage OPDs through success stories to claim their right for participation in DRR. 
  • Set an example for a range of stakeholders on how to engage key players in disaster risk reduction programming and implementation for robust disability inclusion. 


  • Talal Waheed-Global Advisor Disability Inclusive DRR 
  • CBM Christoffel- Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V.  


  • Dr Shaun Grech, Honorary Associate Professor in DIDRR at IDEA, University of Cape Town, South Africa & Senior Academic Consultant in DIDRR (CBM) (a joint initiative of CBM & UCT). Topic: “DIDRR: Launching of Critical insights and good practices from the field: (learnings from Bangladesh, Haiti, Niger, The Philippines, and Zimbabwe) 
  • Dr. Stefanie Dannenmann -Di Palma - External Relations Officer- United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) 
    Topic: UNDRR and disability inclusion - our commitment for ensuring DIDRR

  • Ms. Nogining Armelle Almerique - Chair person of an OPD: Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD), Cameroon 
    Topic: Exclusion crisis in disaster risk reduction - our challenges and learning

  • Ms. Shivangi Chavda, Senior Regional Lead - Asia & Europe Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction 
    Topic: Views from the front line – are persons with disabilities present in DRR related decision-making processes? A reality check on accessibility and inclusion of DRR 

  • Mr. Bui Quang Huy, Vice Director - Disaster Management Policy and Technology Center, Vietnam Disaster management Authority,Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development – Vietnam. 

Learn more

This section provides important information for those planning to attend the  side event: 

Where do we stand  

Understanding disaster risk is a fundamental and essential aspect of disaster risk management and the promotion of resilience. Evidence from recent decades shows that disasters are indicators of extremely complex processes of risk generation and consolidation. The Sendai Framework supports this approach and promotes the development of activities aimed at better understanding disaster risk. 

Session guiding questions

  1. What is the X methodology and what approaches does it adopt? 
  2. What are the types of cases in which the methodology can be applied? 
  3. What opportunities exist for the application of the methodology in the period 2022-2025? 


26 May 2022
18:45 - 20:15 (Bali UTC+8)


Pecatu Hall
BNDCC 2-Ground Floor

Online access


Open to those registered for the conference


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Mr. Talal Waheed Ms. Shivangi Chavda

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