Disability and Development

Inquiry status: Report published

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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