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The AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award aims to recognise and celebrate stand-out individuals from the humanitarian aid and development community and showcases the courageous heroism and dedication that they put into their line of work.

This award is open to anyone involved in the aid and development community including those who are community volunteers, or who may work for suppliers, NGOs, governments and elsewhere. AidEx is particularly inviting nominations of those from marginalised groups. The winner will be awarded during the AidEx networking drinks reception on 13th November at 17:00 – 19:00.

Entry closes on the 18th October.

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The Zero Project is looking for support from a native or an excellent English speaker to support factsheet and report writing. We are looking for a contractor who can provide authoring and editing support between October 2019 and January 2020. The ideal candidate should have experience of working on the topic of disability inclusion or accessibility and would be able to give some examples of their work. The writing will be analytic and fact-based. To see some examples of the Zero Project reporting, please see some examples in the Downloads section of the website, including the 2019 Zero Project Report.

If you are interested to offer your services for this project then please contact with some examples of your work and tell us why you would be interested to assist. Please also tell us about your experience which would make you suitable for this role and give an indication of what rates you charge, ideally per word/page or per hour.

The amount of work is flexible and negotiable so please also give an indication of your availability across this period.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Congratulations to #ZeroCon19 awardee and Zero Project Impact Transfer participant Greta & Starks on their new partnership with social impact investor Joachim Schoss, founder of the Scout24 group and Having connected through the Impact Transfer programme, their goal is to make the GRETA app, which provides subtitles and audio description for accessible cinema screenings, available in 6 countries and 14 languages. You can learn more about Greta & Starks and our Zero Project Impact Transfer programme in partnership with Ashoka Austria at

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The Disabiliy Rights Fund (DRF) opened its round 2 request for proposals on 24th June 2019. It is looking for organisations in the Pacific Island Countries, Rwanda and Uganda to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. The DRF supports the human rights and inclusion in development of persons with disabilities. Interested organisations should review the full eligibility criteria and details posted on the website at

Deadline is 15th August 2019, so be quick!

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You may have seen our blog post a couple of weeks back about supporting the United Nations to implement their Disability Inclusion Strategy. We received lots of great feedback and interest about getting involved in the campaign – So here’s a second chance to find out what it’s all about and to get involved.

As a little reminder – The UN Secretary General António Guterres announced at the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD in June 2019 that the UN was committed to raise the standards of their performance on disability inclusion by launching a new disability inclusion strategy. Martin Essl, founder of the Essl Foundation and the Zero Project, has written a letter of support to Mr Guterres, praising this fantastic commitment and offering the support of the Essl Foundation in any way that we are able, to turn this commitment into reality. We have also forwarded Martin Essl´s letter to the Austrian Permanent Mission at the UN in New York and also ask them to support this honorable mission.

The UN needs more support to create change – so we have been inviting everyone to join in and do the same. So please go ahead and write an email to your country´s  Permanent Mission at the UN in New York, and ask them for their support as well. And share this call for action with your peers!

It has been a record-breaking nomination period. We have received more nominations than ever before! And from more countries!

We have spent the last few weeks diligently checking the nominations and the final figures have now been counted. We have received more than 469 practices, breaking the 400 mark for the first time ever and smashing the record of 372 nominations, received in 2017 on the topic of Accessibility.

The quality of the nominations and the range of countries is also very exciting, with 106 countries represented. And while there are some tough decisions to make, we are trying to think of new ways that we can support and showcase many the projects which regrettably don’t progress further in the competition.

We have now completed the initial review of the nominations and we are in the process of contacting organisations to let them know the progress of their nomination and what to expect over the next few weeks.

A huge thank you to everyone who has made a nomination. We are utterly staggered with the extraordinary range and quality of the projects and are thankful for the efforts of everyone who has nominated! A huge thanks also to those who are taking the time to help us review all the projects.

For the full details of what we received, read our nomination press release.

Our very good friends at Discovering Hands, are looking for a trainee. Discovering Hands is a social enterprise that uses the sense of touch of visually impaired women in the early detection of breast cancer. Their dynamic team are looking for a trainee to work in Austria, to support the project managers and manage individual projects independently. For a full description of the role read the job advertisement. Fluency in German and English is required.

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For the fourth time, Lebenshilfe in cooperation with the Austrian Lotteries is looking for projects that enable people with intellectual, physical, psychological or sensory disabilities to lead an inclusive life. The Inclusion Prize serves to show practical examples of the successful implementation of inclusion in Austria. The winners of the Inclusion Prize have a motivating effect – on individuals, organisations and companies!

Submissions are requested from schools, companies, organisations, associations, platforms, projects, initiatives, people with disabilities, assistance projects and more!

The topic areas are: Education & Culture, Health & Physical Activity, Housing & Leisure, Social Participation & Politics. In 2019 we would like to put the additional emphasis on projects in the field of work & income.

For more information and to find the submission form visit the “Inklusionspreis” website.

Good luck!

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The second edition of M-Enabling Forum Europe in Germany will take place alongside REHACARE in Düsseldorf on September 19, 2019. The conference with its accompanying tabletop presentation is organized by E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies). G3ict was established by the United Nations to implement the equal, barrier free participation and the unrestricted access to information and communication technology for everyone worldwide.

Find our more by by visiting the M-Enabling website.

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USAID have opened a request for qualifications for promising psychosocial support interventions with community-based components in low- and middle-income countries. The request comes from USAID’s HEARD project (Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development).

The purpose of the request is to identify multi-stakeholder research teams that are ready and have technical, managerial, and administrative capacities to design and carry out a study of an existing mental health and psychosocial support intervention. This would contribute to strengthening the evidence base on the effectiveness, replicability, and scalability of interventions that have been identified as effective or potentially effective in other settings in the current literature.

The request is open until 29 July 2019 05:00pm (EDT). Find out more information by reading the official request for qualifications where you can find details of how to apply and who to contact for more information.