Disabled people to be better included in international development efforts to end poverty

16 March 2017

Professor Nora Groceby Professor Nora Groce

Today the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Research Centre staged an important event in the context of realising the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The SDG targets to end poverty and deliver inclusive education and employment for all are of particular resonance to disabled people, as is the rallying call to ‘leave no-one behind’.

As part of this effort, the Leonard Cheshire Disability Research Centre staged a training session in central London for a number of leading international development organisations as well as the UK government’s Department for International Development (DfID). This training is one of a series of Washington Group trainings the research centre has organised over the past years, with other trainings already completed or soon to be undertaken in the US, Fiji, Morocco, and Trinidad.

The training focused on promoting the ‘Washington Group on Disability Statistics Short Set of Questions’ — a methodology allowing governments, NGOs, disabled people's organisations and broader civil society to quickly and inexpensively collect information on people with disabilities as part of routine censuses, surveys and studies. It is an effective way to ensure people with disabilities are being reached and served on an equal basis with all other members of their communities — and it can show where things must be improved.

This is vital for informing DfID and other funders on how and where additional resources or improved polices are needed to ensure that people with disabilities benefit equally from international development and global health efforts.

As a global organisation dedicated to improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable populations, we are pleased to be working closely with the Washington Group to achieve our joint aims to improve disability data worldwide.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability Research Centre, with funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, provides an academic home base for the Washington Group on Disability Statistics, an international effort established by the UN Statistical Commission to improve the lives of people with disabilities around the world through better collection and use of data.

Professor Nora Groce is director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Research Centre.

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