Leonard Cheshire Disability celebrates new milestone for disability

3 December 2015

The government’s Department for International Development (DfID) today committed to ensure their work to end global poverty reflects the needs of the world’s one billion disabled people.

The new action plan sees an increased emphasis placed on creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

More focus will be given to how DfID’s partners are encouraged to collect data to measure disability inclusion.

Leonard Cheshire Disability has long campaigned for UK overseas aid to be spent on international development programmes and resources accessible to all, regardless of disability status.

The revised disability framework DfID has launched today — the International Day of Persons with Disabilities — will make this campaign a reality. 

Tiziana Oliva, Leonard Cheshire Disability's international director, said: 

‘Until now, people with disabilities have frequently been left out of development programmes.

‘We welcome the evolution of DfID’s disability framework, which will help secure the inclusion of people with disabilities, to ensure no one is left behind.

‘You will never get global economic growth unless you involve everyone in the economy, including the millions of disabled people currently excluded worldwide.

‘We want the UK government to build on its leadership on disability and host in 2016 a high level summit for its partners to make firm commitments to foster inclusive development further.’   

The charity is currently aiming, through its programmes, to achieve inclusive education and livelihood opportunities for a further 100,000 people over the next five years.

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Notes to editors

Leonard Cheshire Disability has laid out their ambitious five-year international strategy, which demonstrates how they plan to work within the post-2015 development agenda.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, with funding from the Australian government’s Department of Trade and Finance (DFAT), is hosting the UN Washington Group on Disability Statistics’ Secretariat. The group is working with the UN, the US Department of Health Statistics and national statistical offices around the globe to foster research and training on international standards measuring disability and development.

The UN’s new international development agenda, agreed on 25 September in New York, has obliged all the member governments of the UN to implement the following points relevant to disability over the next fifteen years:

  • By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing states, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.
  • Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, not violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.
  • By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic or other status.