Leonard Cheshire aiding United Nations in addressing inequality

19 May 2016

Gabrielle received work skills training in shoemaking from Cheshire Services Uganda

The Leonard Cheshire Disability Research Centre is supporting the work of the United Nation’s Washington Group on Disability Statistics in rolling out the first internationally-comparable disability data collection methods.

Short and long-form disability data questionnaires developed by the Washington Group have already been adopted in over 100 countries.

The surveys are deployed by the UN’s Department of Social and Economic Affairs — as well as by Governments, NGOs and other service providers — to evaluate the impact and disability inclusivity of development work.

New funding will now be used to further extend the take-up of the survey and other tools.

Professor Nora Groce and project coordinator Emma Bird are working through the Leonard Cheshire Disability Research Centre, which hosts the Washington Group, to promote and coordinate international cooperation in the area of health statistics.

The Research Centre will play a leading role in disseminating Washington Group data questionnaires and other materials, fostering inclusion of disability in international development, and providing support to NGOs, disabled people’s organisations and national statistical offices.

The World Bank estimates that 20 percent of the world’s poorest people are disabled, representing a priority for international development organisations looking to end global poverty.

Professor Groce said:

‘The work is fundamental to progress in achieving the 2030 global Sustainable Development Goals agreed by world leaders last year, and for monitoring the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’

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