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DFID and disability : a mapping of the Department for International Development and disability issues

THOMAS, Philippa
June 2004

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Disability, until very recently, has been largely invisible in the development process. In 2000, DFID broke new ground by advocating a twin track approach of mainstreaming disability issues combined with specific initiatives to address the particular needs of disabled people. This report tracks what DFID is doing on the subject of disability: in programmes, research, training of staff, activities of country offices. The report states that DFID has not lived up to the expectations that were created with the issues paper, however, the agency has gained an international reputation for its rights-based and social exclusion approach to development and it is within this debate that future work on disability should be located

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