Age and Disability Capacity programme

The Age and Disability Capacity (ADCAP) programme helped the humanitarian sector improve the quality of emergency responses 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 changed 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.
- Provided support to specific humanitarian organisations through dedicated age and disability inclusion advisors, who adapted programmes to make them more age and disability inclusive.

The ADCAP project was implemented in Kenya, Pakistan and the UK and focussed on three areas which included developing resources, strengthening individual and organisational capacity and collecting and sharing learning and evidence.



Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities document was 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. 


A series of interactive, open source e-learning modules were created in partnership with The courses below are available in Arabic and English at


Understanding older people and their needs in a humanitarian context

Basic principles of disability inclusion in humanitarian respons

Comprehensive accessible humanitarian assistance for older people and people with disabilities


A series of public webinars which focussed on issues relating to age and disability inclusion were held and you can view the recordings of the first two webinars below via (requires free registration). You can also get further information on this by emailing ADCAP.

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 age and disability in humanitarian crisis is now available at


Strengthening individual and organisational capacity

The project supported 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, worked to change their organisation’s policy and practice on the ground to apply a more inclusive approach. The Advisors also formed a community of practice, to share experience, good practice, and promote on-going learning and sustainability.

Read more

Read more on the HelpAge website



Where did the project operate?


Who is involved?

The project was 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) and the Kenya Red Cross Society.


The three year project was 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.

Key contacts