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Disability inclusion : topic guide

ROHWERDER, Brigitte
November 2015

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This topic guide summarises evidence on the key debates and challenges of disability inclusion in development and humanitarian response. Disability does not necessary imply limited wellbeing and poverty. Yet there is growing evidence that the estimated one billion people with disabilities face attitudinal, physical and institutional barriers that result in multi-dimensional poverty, exclusion and marginalisation. Disability inclusion could increase earnings, tax revenues, and individual and societal wellbeing. It need not be costly or complicated. Inclusive approaches are more cost-effective than piecemeal disability interventions. GSDRC Topic Guides aim to provide a clear, concise and objective report on findings from rigorous research on critical areas of development policy. Their purpose is to inform policymakers and practitioners of the key debates and evidence on the topic of focus, to support informed decision-making

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Development for all 2015-2020 : strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia’s aid program

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE (DFAT)
May 2015

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The objective of Australia’s work in disability-inclusive development is to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in developing countries by enhancing participation and empowerment of people with disabilities, reducing poverty among people with disabilities and improving equality for people with disabilities in all areas of public life. This strategy document “provides guidance for DFAT’s strategic decision making by articulating key opportunities for strengthening disability-inclusive development where DFAT can make the most difference—addressing the key challenges of disability-inclusive development in the Indo-Pacific, using Australia’s expertise, and aligning our efforts with the priorities of Australia’s aid program. For external stakeholders, this strategy is a non-binding public articulation of the Australian Government’s continued commitment to disability-inclusive development and highlights our approach, principles and priorities”

 

Disability inclusive millennium development goals and aid effectiveness : a conference report

LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
2013

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This report presents the proceedings, discussions and presentations from a joint conference organised by Leonard Cheshire Disability and UNESCAP. The conference reviewed the international and regional mandates on disability and aid effectiveness, identified challenges and good practices in measuring the impact and quality of disability-inclusive development, and identified ways to implement disability-inclusive development effectively on the ground and at policy level. This report is useful for anyone interested in disability and development
"Disability inclusive millennium development goals and aid effectiveness"
14-16 March 2012
Bangkok, Thailand

Best practices for including persons with disabilities in all aspects of development efforts

FORGACS, R. T
November 2011

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"The present document has been prepared in response to the request in paragraph 15(b) of General Assembly resolution 65/186, in which the Secretary-General was asked to 'provide information on best practices at international, regional, sub regional and national levels for including persons with disabilities in all aspects of development efforts'...The document is divided into four main sections. Following this brief introduction, section II will focus on the initial criteria for the assessment of best practices. Section III presents a number of recommendations, suggesting also how the United Nations can facilitate the process of mainstreaming disability and persons with disabilities in development and highlighting the interlinks between the mainstreaming of disability and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and section IV contains 26 case studies from across the globe"

Overview of available policies and legislation, data and research, and institutional arrangements relating to older persons : progress since Madrid

UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND (UNFPA)
HELPAGE INTERNATIONAL (HAI)
2011

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"The overall objective of the report is to assess and evaluate the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing at national, regional and global levels, highlight good practices, identify gaps, and provide recommendations for further action by governments to mainstream ageing issues into national development frameworks, including laws, policies and programmes; poverty reduction strategies; and budgets to meet the needs of older persons. The information presented in this report is intended to provide the international community with an indepth understanding of the progressive realization of the objectives and recommendations of the Madrid Plan"

Study of disability in EC development cooperation

COLERIDGE, Peter
SIMONNOT, Claude
STEVERLYNCK, Dominique
October 2010

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The study examines how effectively the EC cooperation has reached persons with disabilities and provides a set of recommendations in order to comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This report is useful for people interested in disability and development
Lot nr 4
Contract nr 2009/212558

Report international conference : towards realisation of the millennium development goals for women and girls with a disability

DUTCH COALITION ON DISBAILITY AND DEVELOPMENT
February 2010

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This conference report presents the discussions, experiences and expertise exchanged on how the MDGs may be realised for women and girls with a disability and how to make sure women and girls with disabilities will benefit from the efforts made to reach the MDGs. The session presentations and workshop proceedings are provided. The discussions and workshops shared conclusions and recommendations which highlighted that women and girls with a disability need to be included in all mainstream plans and activities in order to achieve the MDG’s by 2015 and that a twin track approach is the best strategy “"Towards realisation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls with a disability" ”Amstelveen, Netherlands
2 December 2009

Development for all : towards a disability-inclusive Australian aid program 2009-2014

THE AUSTRALIAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (AusAID)
2009

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This document outlines practical approaches to guide Australian aid programmes to meet the needs and priorities of people with disabilities. The strategy’s main priorities are to support people with disabilities in improving the quality of their lives, but also to reduce preventable impairments. This strategy is created to guide Australia’s overseas aid program towards development that includes, and deliberately focuses on, people with disabilities
Note: This document is available in large print, audio, and screen-reader compatible formats online; Braille copies can be ordered online

Access to mainstream microfinance services for persons with disabilities : lessons learned from Uganda

BWIRE, Flavia Nakabuye
MUKASA, George
MERSLAND, Roy
2009

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This article reports on a pilot project in Uganda which aims to enable persons with disabilities to have access to mainstream microfinance services. The project is described and lessons learned are highlighted, including the finding that all micro finance institutions (MFIs) report an increase in the number of clients with disabilities served. The article is useful for people interested in mainstreaming microfinance services for people with disabilities

Make development inclusive : how to include the perspectives of persons with disabilities in the project cycle management guidelines of the EC|Concepts and guiding principles

CHRISTIAN BLIND MISSION (CBM)
2008

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This resource was created to serve as a practical tool for Eurorpean Commission operational staff to encourage the inclusion of a disability perspective at each stage of the Project Cycle Management. The purpose is to support the inclusion of persons with disabilities from project programming through to evaluation. This resource features examples of projects that include the perspectives of persons with disabilities

Community based rehabilitation : a key strategy for the inclusion of persons with disabilities

DUTCH COALITION ON DISABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT (DCDD)
February 2007

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This brochure is part of a series of publications about integrating disability into mainstream development policy and practice. Specifically, it focuses on community based rehabilitation (CBR) and the inclusion of disabled people. The brochure highlights the significance of inclusive CBR approaches in respect to the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and broader poverty alleviation strategies. It includes a set of guidelines to support development organisations to integrate an inclusive CBR strategy. This resource would be useful to any one with an interest in inclusion, mainstreaming and disability and development

Disability, inclusion and development : key information resources

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
December 2005

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This directory of information resources pulls together over 300 of the most practical and useful books, reports, videos, CD-ROMs and websites on disability. It is aimed at organisations working with disabled people in developing countries. Organised thematically, It covers a wide range of issues including human rights, gender, poverty and mainstreaming, as well as planning and management of disability programmes and service delivery relating to children, community-based rehabilitation, mental health and HIV and AIDS. The directory provides a quick reference listing of information resources with clear abstracts and details of distributors and websites, while the CD-ROM contains many published and un-published full-text documents, as well as links to websites for those who can access the Internet. The index of publishers and distributors will be especially useful to resource centres and information services which collect and manage information on disability and development

Disability and social safety nets in developing countries

MITRA, Sophie
May 2005

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This paper examines how social safety nets can benefit the poor and disabled in developing countries. It explores the links between disability and poverty, and identifies the benefits of inclusive mainstreaming and disability targeted programmes. It analyses the various ways to include the considerations of people with disabilities in the implementation of mainstream safety nets

Research, policy engagement and practice : reflections on efforts to mainstream children into Ethiopia’s second national poverty reduction strategy

JONES, Nicola
TEFERA, Bekele
WOLDEHANNA, Tassew
2005

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This report looks at attempts to draw children in Ethiopia into the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper process. It is divided into two sections. The first looks at the importance of mapping the policy context so as to carry out effective policy influencing for and with children; and the second reviews the experience of the Young Lives project in Ethiopia

Integrating information and communication technologies in development programmes

November 2003

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This report summarises how ICTs can help combat poverty and promote development, how to integrate ICTs in development programmes, how ICTs can be adapted for the needs of the poor in developing countries and what the roles are of donor nations and the OECD/World Summit on Information Society. It specifically stresses the need for ICTs to be incorporated into broader development strategies

Lessons learned from mainstreaming HIV into the poverty eradication plan in Uganda

BUTCHER, Kate
October 2003

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This paper reviews the process of developing Uganda's Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP), and specifically considers how HIV and AIDS issues were incorporated into the development of the plan. It describes each of the 'entry points' for HIV and AIDS issues, such as community mobilisation, leadership and advocacy, impact mitigation, and ARVs. The 'lessons learned' section focuses on strategic responses that DFID can support to ensure that HIV is effectively mainstreamed within Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers

Label us able : proactive evaluation of Finnish development co-operation in disability issues

NATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE FOR WELFARE AND HEALTH (STAKES)
2003

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The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs evaluates with this report its development policies for disabled people. This report looks at the last ten years of Finnish development co-operation and how a maximum impact on human rights and social development can be achieved.
The four parts of the report investigate the main Finnish policies, the major findings and how disability can be mainstreamed into development issues.
This evaluation report is valuable for international NGOs, disabled people's organisations and policy advisors who are looking for ways to mainstream disability

Gender mainstreaming in poverty eradication and the Millennium Development Goals : a handbook for policy makers and other stakeholders

KABEER, Naila
2003

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This evidence-based book argues that gender equality merits specific attention from policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders. It describes how gender manifests itself in economic analyses, geographical analyses, institutions and household and income inequality. It then links gender equality with family well-being, empowerment and human development. Finally, it discusses gender equity goals and the policy process

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