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International development efforts have led to millions of people now living better and healthier lives. However, people with disabilities have been consistently left out of these global development gains, with over 400 million living below the poverty line.

We influence key decision makers, including the UN, national governments, multilateral organisations and donors, to make sure that people with disabilities are included in the global development agenda and their rights are respected.

Our current influencing priorities are inclusive education and livelihoods at the global and national level, drawing on the lessons learned from our programmes in these areas. 


Still left behind

Only 10% of children with disabilities in developing countries go to school. And just 1% of women with disabilities worldwide are literate.

Girls with disabilities in developing countries are still being left behind in education because of triple discrimination: gender, disability and poverty.As a result, many have limited educational opportunity.

Our report, launched in June 2017 with the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI), looks at the barriers to education for girls with disabilities and brings together evidence of effective or promising programme approaches that address these barriers.

Read Still Left Behind: Pathways to inclusive education for girls with disabilities. (PDF)

Good for business

We have collaborated with Handicap International on a new report — Good For Business — to highlight how NGOs can work with the private sector to support persons with disabilities into employment.

The report, launched at The Harkin Summit in Washington, offers practical guidance on how employers can ensure that they are inclusive to persons with disabilities in terms of hiring/recruitment practices and retention strategies.

Read Good For Business. (PDF)

Disability inclusion and sustainable development

Our report, launched in July 2017, on Disability inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals points to a general lack of detail on how disabled people will be included in national development plans in Bangladesh Kenya, Zambia and Sierra Leone.

Our research also identifies that there is also a lack of clarity about how inclusive national budgets are when it comes to disability and weak engagement of disabled groups in designing, implementing and monitoring their country’s development plans.

We outline ways in which governments and Disabled Peoples’ Organisations can work together to implement truly inclusive Sustainable Development Goals.

Read Disability and Inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals: Practices and Challenges. (PDF).

Disability data collection

We've launched at new report with Humanity & Inclusion — ‘Disability Data Collection: A summary review of the use of the Washington Group Questions by development and humanitarian actors’ at the World Data Forum in Dubai in October 2018.

The report examines the use of the Washington Group Questions, a disability data collection methodology originally designed for use in national data efforts, amongst development and humanitarian actors.

Read Disability Data Collection: A summary review of the use of the Washington Group Questions by development and humanitarian actors. (PDF)