Over one billion people – 15% of the world’s population – are disabled. Disability is closely linked with poverty: it is thought that over 50% of disabled people in low income countries cannot afford healthcare, and that almost 90% of disabled children in Africa do not go to school.
The International Development Committee inquiry into Disability and Development will focus on the following issues:
- The adequacy of DFID’s current policy commitments on disability and development, and whether it needs a disability strategy,
- Integration of disability issues within DFID’s sector programmes (for example in health, education, sanitation, livelihoods, and empowerment) and its humanitarian work,
- The effectiveness of DFID’s approach to rehabilitation and service provision for disabled people,
- The strength of the evidence base on ‘what works’ in development programmes involving disability,
- The role of disabled beneficiaries in planning, managing and monitoring DFID policy and programmes,
- The financial costs and benefits of an increased emphasis on disability,
- The UK’s work with other development agencies and partner governments on disability,
- The UK’s role in ensuring post-2015 development goals consider disability issues.
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Disability and Development
Published 10 Feb 2014
Evidence given by Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning; Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State, Liz Ditchburn, Director of Policy Division, Jen Marshall, Head of Profession for Social Development, and Jo Cooke, Social Inclusion and Civil Society Specialist, Department for International Development (at 10.45 am).
Disability and Development 2nd Oral evidence Session
HC 947 | Published 28 Jan 2014
Evidence given by Tim Wainwright, Co-Chair, Bond Disability and Development Group, Aleema Shivji, Director, Handicap International, and Barbara Frost, Chief Executive, WaterAid; Professor Nora Groce, Director, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, University College London, Dr Tom Shakespeare, Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School, and Professor Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry, King's College London (at 11.00 am).
Disability and Development
HC 947 | Published 17 Jan 2014
Evidence given by Mahesh Chandrasekar, International Policy and Campaigns Manager, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Edwin Osundwa, Country Representative for Kenya, Sense International, and Ola Abu Alghaib, Regional Disability Rights and Advocacy Consultant, Handicap International, Jordan/Palestine; Bob McMullan, former Australian Minister for International Development, Lorraine Wapling, Disability and Development consultant, and Dr Susie Miles, Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education, University of Manchester (at 11.00 am).