Age and Disability Capacity programme

The Age and Disability Capacity (ADCAP) programme aims to help the humanitarian sector improve the quality of emergency response for older people and people with disabilities.

Brice Blondel, Handicap International Kenya, Dabaab

About the programme

Around the world, approximately 1 in 8 people are over the age of 60, and 15% are living with some kind of disability. In emergencies, older people and people with disabilities therefore make up a significant part of the affected population, but they continue to face substantial barriers in accessing humanitarian assistance and protection. As a result, their needs remain unaddressed and their skills and knowledge unused.

The ADCAP project aims to change this by;
- Making resources available to the humanitarian sector to increase their understanding of the needs and capacities of older people and people with disabilities, and how to better assist them.
- Supporting specific humanitarian organisations through dedicated age and disability inclusion advisors, who are adapting programmes to make them more age and disability inclusive.

The project, running in Kenya and Pakistan and the UK, will focus on three areas: including developing resources, strengthening individual and organisational capacity and collecting and sharing learning and evidence.



The Minimum Standards for Age and Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Action has been developed to inform the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian programmes across all sectors and phases of response, and in all emergency contexts, ensuring older people and people with disabilities are not excluded. Published as a pilot version, the document will be revised towards the end of the project period based on feedback, funds permitting.


A series of interactive, open source e-learning modules are being created, in partnership with Access the first two courses below:
Understanding older people and their needs in a humanitarian context
Basic principles of disability inclusion in humanitarian response


A series of public webinars on various issues related to age and disability inclusion are being held. View the recordings of the first two webinars below via (requires free registration), and stay informed about upcoming webinars via’s monthly newsletter, or by signing up to the ADCAP newsletter.

Recorded webinar: collecting and using age and disability disaggregated data in humanitarian settings
Recorded webinar: making humanitarian response age and disability inclusive: the minimum standards
Recorded webinar: Age and Disability Inclusion Webinar series: Health and Nutrition

Training materials

A resource package to run a two-day, face to face, introductory training course on ageing and disability in humanitarian crisis is now available. Please contact for more information.

Strengthening individual and organisational capacity

The project is supporting humanitarian organisations in Kenya, Pakistan and the UK to better integrate ageing and disability into their humanitarian programmes.

Eight dedicated Age and Disability Inclusion Advisors, trained and supported by the ADCAP programme, will work to change their organisation’s policy and practice on the ground and apply a more inclusive approach. The Advisors will also form a community of practice, to share experience, good practice, and promote on-going learning and sustainability.

To link up with the ADCAP programme in Pakistan, contact Anwar Sadat at For the ADCAP programme in Kenya, contact Michael Mwendwa at

Collecting and sharing learning and evidence

Learning and evidence from the programme on age and disability inclusive humanitarian action will be captured and disseminated through the development of a good practice guide and a research paper, towards the end of the three-year programme.


Read more

Read more on the HelpAge website



Where the project operates


Who is involved?

The project is delivered through a consortium led by HelpAge International and including CBM,, Handicap International, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Oxford Brookes University and RedR UK. Other partners include Christian Aid (UK and Kenya), Concern Worldwide (Pakistan), Islamic Relief (UK and Pakistan), Kenya Red Cross Society.


The three year project is funded with £1,043,673 through the Department for International Development’s Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP), with complementary funding from USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance.


To read more about the learning gained from the delivery of this project and other DEPP projects, please visit

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