Lessons from five countries: The diverse contexts in which Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) operates mean it must adopt an inclusive approach to designing, implementing, monitorng and funding its programmes so it can respond to vulnerability in all its forms. To this end, IRW has actively endorces and supported the development of the Inclusion Charter, encouraging the delivery of impartial and appropriate assistance to the most marginalised people. IRW also understands that an integrated approach to humanitarian programming – one that simultaneously addresses issues of disability inclusion, gender, conflict sensitivity and child protection in all contexts – improves its impact. To measure the organisation’s progress towards an integrated approach, IRW’s Programme Quality department has developed a unified ‘intersectionality framework’, enabling progress towards inclusive and sensitive humanitarian programming to be measured and scored with the support of SIDA. It is piloted in six country offices (Ethiopia, Gaza, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen). In January 2018, Programme Quality held a regional roundtable in Istanbul, Turkey, with country office staff from all implemeneting offices, except Yemen. This brief summarises learning from implementing the framework and provides recommendations to improve IRW’s approach to inclusive and sensitive humanitarian programming.


Bushra Rehman


Project Report


Islamic Relief Worldwide






Disability, diversity, ethnicity, Gender, Humanitarian, intersectionality, Islamic Relief