The first is a set of Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. They are the first humanitarian guidelines to be developed with and by persons with disabilities.

The second publication is a case study in collaboration with UNICEF on Access to Humanitarian Aid in Mozambique. The case study is a major output of Light for the World’s work post-Cyclone Idai in Mozambique; it shows clear examples of how to turn these guidelines into a practice.

Check out the publications below:

IASC guidelines

Access to Humanitarian Aid Case Study

In observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Kessler Foundation together with the United Nations’ Office of Human Resources is celebrating the “This Is My Workplace” event.

Join advocates and leaders from outside the UN system to have a candid conversation on employment issues affecting persons with disabilities.

The event will be held on December 3rd 2019 at 3:00 pm-6:00 pm at the United Nations Secretariat building in the ECOSOC chamber in New York City.

The global community must ensure that no one is left behind and join the “This is My Workplace” movement to create and promote a truly inclusive culture in the workplaces where everyone can succeed and perform to their full potential!

Read the “This Is My Workplace” event information sheet

Please RSVP using the following link to attend and receive more information about the event:

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It’s done! The TOPHOUSE project is officially ending on 30 November 2019. But it does not mean we stop here. The outcome is very promising, the tools will lead their own lives, and we will continue to inform and support the TOPHOUSE community!



TOPHOUSE is a project that aims to define the competences of professionals in the assessment, housing and support/care sector to strengthen their ability to:

FOSTER INCLUSION and RESPECT for human rights of persons at risk at exclusion, particularly persons  with disabilities


WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY and CONSTRUCTIVELY with complex needs of service users


What have we achieved?

7 partners from 6 EU countries have joined forces  to produce:

A STUDY on promising practises in integrated housing and support that provides an overview at European Level


  • Assessment of individual rights and needs
  • Individual needs and allocation of housing
  • Support needs assessment
  • Developing cross-sectoral cooperation

A TRAINING COURSE aimed at providing guidance on acquiring, delivering and assessing learning outcomes and materials developed.

COUNTRY SPECIFIC PRODUCTS (Austria, Finland, Ireland, Spain) consisting of localised and own language versions of all the previous TOPHOUSE products.


All TOPHOUSE products will be available soon here and on the EASPD website – stay tuned!


This project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The UN DMSPC/OHR annual International Day for Persons with Disabilities event is almost here and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

What: With the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy, launched by the Secretary-General in June 2019, the United Nations is increasing its efforts to attract, recruit, develop and retain persons with disabilities. The United Nations Secretariat, with endorsement from the Assistant Secretary General for Human Resources Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance United Nations- Martha Helena Lopez, have come together with the Kessler Foundation, which is one of the largest public charities in the United States supporting persons with disabilities, to organize the “This is MY Workplace” movement.

The event brings together advocates and leaders from outside the UN system to have a candid conversation on issues affecting persons with disabilities. This year’s event will be focusing on a core issue for true integration- Employment.

Why: We, the global community, must ensure that no one is left behind and raise our voices and join the “This is MY Workplace” movement to create and promote a truly inclusive culture in our workplaces where everyone can succeed and perform to their full potential. A disability-inclusive workplace is not only the right thing to do, it is also a practical one: sustainable development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included equally.

Where: The event will be held on December 3rd 2019 at 3:00 pm-6:00 pm at the United Nations Secretariat building in the ECOSOC chamber in New York City.

Please RSVP using the following link to attend and receive more information about the event:

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The 16th call for proposals for SozialMarie is open! Prizes are awarded for projects that design and implement innovative solutions to societal challenges. Calls are welcome from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Projects from Slovenia should not be more than 300 km away from Vienna.

15 solutions will be awarded, with the top 3 solutions receiving prize money of €15,000, €12,000 and €5,000. The other 12 projects will receive prize money of €2,000 each.

The deadline to submit the applications is 21st January 2020.

For more information please visit the SozialMarie website.

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UN Enable have published a new web page which includes more than 100 disability strategies/action plans. The page aims at facilitating knowledge sharing and identification of good practices in disability-inclusive development and the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Go to the webpage and find out what action plans are in place for your country, or the country that you’re working in. If you are involved in national disability strategies or action plans which are not shown on the web page, make sure to let them know!

After a record-breaking nomination and selection process, over 80 Innovative Practices and Policies have been selected as 2020 Zero Project Awardees!

We are undergoing the final final fact-checking on the selected projects, and will then spend the next few months working with the organisations to write up their inspiring projects and prepare them for the Zero Project Conference 2020. The awardees have been informed already, but unfortunately we will not be releasing the names of the winners until January, once all checks have been completed and their project “factsheets” will be published on our website. Thanks for being patient! However, we can tell you a little about this record-breaking year and how the process has worked this time round.

Way back in June, you may remember we received an incredible 468 nominations from 106 countries. To put that in perspective, last time we looked at education, in 2016, we received 258 nominations from 58 countries.

Next, across August and September, we enlisted members with and without disabilities in the Zero Project network to support us in selecting which projects should be awarded. Over 500 experts from 99 countries answered the call and took time out of their busy schedules to read and comment on the nominations put before them. This resulted in a tough selection process where projects were ranked using more than 4,000 individual scores and over 1,900 personal comments, plus taking into account a regional and topic-focus. The result is a preliminary selection of over 80 Innovative Practices and Policies from 49 countries.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in this complex and demanding process. We appreciate the time and effort that so many dedicated friends and partners of the Zero Project have provided for free over the last few months to support us. The Zero Project wouldn’t exist without you!

Banner: Are you a leader? LINK20 & MIT present: LEAD20@MIT Leadership in the Digital Age. Participants will receive a MIT certificate at the end of the course. Dates: May 10 - 15 2020. Location: MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA

Our good friends at Ruderman Foundation are teaming up with MIT Sloan School of Management for the second year to offer the LEAD20@MIT program. 25 lucky influencers from all around the world will be equipped with theories and strategies in the areas of digital leadership, networking and entrepreneurship to become high impact social influencers. The program is looking for social influencers in the areas of inclusion, leadership and advocacy to participate int the LEAD20@MIT Leadership in the Digital age course between 10th and 15th May 2020. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply you need to fill out the online form, and submit supporting material including a video and resume. Find out more by visiting the LEAD20@MIT website.

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The European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities has opened its 4th edition of the Employment for All Award. The award aims to

  • Promote strategies that facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities on the open labour market;
  • Provide them with equal opportunities to access gainful employment;
  • Enable them to gain a greater control over their independence in terms of employment and financial stability.

Ten promising practices with be published in the 2020 Employment for All Booklet, with 6 nominees invited to EASPD and LADAPT’s “Employment of Persons with Disabilities: Road to Employment” Conference in Paris in 4th to 5th May 2020, where they will be given the opportunity to present their system, model or scheme to over 250 conference participants. Two winners of the Employment for All Award will be announced during the conference.

Find out more about the award and make your application by visiting the EASPD Website.

During the summer the European Foundation Centre have produced a short publication to promote some of the numerous prizes that their members give out. The selection shows the diversity of support that is provided by European philanthropy, which is of course not just about ‘traditional grant-making’ but much more than that. Included in the selection are the Zero Project Awards, on p. 6 of the publication “Philanthropy Prizes”.

The publication was distributed and launched more officially during the Research and Innovation days organised with the European Commission.